Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association 1911 Medal/Pin?
Fellow Woody Boater Heather LuGrain sent us in this very cool Coin/Medal/ Pin Something and the story kinda behind it. But would love to have some more of the story. Does anyone know what these were used for?
“When my grandmother passed she gave me a bunch of old coins and in the collection there’s what looks like a medal and it says Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association and then July 4,5 & 6, 1911. The date surprised me being over 100 years old. Is this something that sounds familiar to you?”
So we did some digging here so you wouldn’t have too. And it is a very cool door way and of all things, leads us to Iowa!
And of course 1911 was a early year in power boating, Here is a photo of John Hacker’s 1911 Kitty Hawk, the fastest boat in the world between 1911 and 1915
Which kinda sets up another photo of Apachee II which I recall is a 1908 Race boat.
Now of course as I kept digging around 1911 race stuff, I did find this.
I will leave you all here to did around on the Debuque site! Enjoy your rabbit hole of history today!
It sure is amazing the stuff you find out there.
What did we do before the internet?
before the internet we Went Boating! and for info read the paper….which…..is now extinct at my house…after 50 plus years of the Richmond Times Dispatch….no content, price hikes, end of an era….killed by the net…a mercy killing in this case.
John in Va.
I read the paper online but still subscribe. Need packing material. Now I don’t have to go out to the paper box early in my slippers.
I still subscribe to the morning paper. I delivered this as a kid to 80 daily customers in all weather and remember the nasty winter storms I’d be out there lugging these things every morning. I made 3 cents a paper, but I lived for the tips as back then I also had to collect from the subscribers once a week. As a 13 year old kid, that taught me a lot about people good, fair and bad. Had a few deadbeats that skipped out on their bill. Now everyone pays the office and the paper is delivered by an adult with a car and about 400 people on his morning route. His aim for my front door is hit or miss. I had to put them in the door, milk box (there’s an ancient item) or garage. Still, I have a soft spot for anyone delivering the daily news even if it sometimes lags the internet.
I also had to walk 2 miles to school up hill both ways, at least that’s what my kids had to hear.
OFF the tracks again!
It has been written by other wood boat historians that Christopher Columbus Smith and Gar Wood met one another while competing in Dubuque on the Mississippi River. I have read this in numerous places, “Speed Boat Kings” or possibly one of Tony Mollica’s books.
Apache II is a 1922 Hacker.
I believe that the commemorative pins were used as admission badges for multi day events.