2003 Letter from: Don Johnson Life Member and Past President,
Chippewa Valley Coin Club
History . . . The best I can remember
The first meeting I went to was in
the city hall. They had a coin auction, and one thing I
remember was a Dr. Krier from Mondovi had an uncirculated 1909s
V.D.B. Lincoln Cent with a reserve bid of $70.00. It was sold
to the only bidder, Clayton High.
Meetings moved to Grinsel Garage building
at 425 Gibson Street. The building burned down and we lost all of
the club's records. Space now is a parking lot for the City
Meetings were held in a room above the
State Theater for a short while.
Later we got in at Parks and Rec. building.
One meeting was held at Kjentvet funeral home in Mondovi.
Sometime in the 1960's we held an Auction
open to the public in the Y.M.C.A. building. We had a ten coin
limit. The club received a small percentage of the sale, 5%,
up to a certain amount.
Our first coin show, April 8th, 1967, was
held in the Eau Claire Hotel and was a big success. I was
President of the Club at that time, and Beatrice Stover and
Florence Nelson helped out.
At one time the club's members came from
Mondovi, Durand, Osseo, Menomonie, Chippewa Falls, Rock Falls,
Downsville, and Tomah. As many as 35 people attended our meetings.
We handed out wooden nickels to everyone who came to our spring
shows. The wooden nickel of our April 26, 1970 had a print error.
In place of "United States of America" it was "Untied States of
America" - No one noticed the difference.
In the early days of the club there wasn't
any dealers. (now everyone is a dealer) We traded with
each other for what we wanted. The Indian cent was the best
means of exchange.
In 1978 we hosted the State N.O.W. (Numismatist Of
Wisconsin) show at the Civic Center downtown Eau Claire. The
two day show had many dealers and a good turnout.
Thank you Don