Written by Fremont Jones's  (FJ's) grandson  KIP

Here is a CENTRAL RADIO ASSOCIATION  Membership and Station Certificate from 1916.                            100 years old
Do you have any information about this group ?

This Certificate was my grandfathers, he lived in Shawnee Kansas.
The ARRL was only a year and a few months old when this was issued. It's apparent the Central Radio Ass'n must have been busy for
some time. This certificate number is 1078 (right side in red), presuming they started at 1000 not ONE they had 78 members ???
UPDATE (4april2016), from incoming information,   see second certificate, at the bottom of this page,,  they probably did have 1078 members .. wow

This certificate was issued 1 year before the USA entered WW1. When the war broke out, Fremont Wilson Jones joined the Navy and
served on a troop ship making 23 trips back and forth to Europe.  

NOTE: it is with great interest when I read CQ Magazine reports that  Dec 13, 1912 was the birth of
amateur radio, and that Congress had passed the Radio Act.. I'm not disputing that fact, 
HOWEVER 4 years later folks out in the Midwest either chose to ignore the rules or never heard of them ?? something to speculate about ?    

DO you have any information about the Central Radio Ass'n.        email jcwilson((at))ida.net    KIP


here are a few pictures of FJ,  Wilson Fremont Jones sr. he went by Fremont, he was my grandfather, he died when I was just a kid,
I really didn't know him at all, he lived in California and we lived in Shawnee, Kansas.

Born November 25, 1898 in Olathe, Kansas at the Johnson County Jail. No,  not because his mother was a criminal , but
because his father John Wilson Jones was the County Sheriff.
Their house was the front part of the jail. My Great grand mother , his mother, actually cooked and served dinner to the prisoners. (How things have changed)
He (FJ) died March 4, 1954 in California. Buried at Rosehill Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

US Navy WW1, he was a gunner on the Great Northern (a ship)  he made 23 trips to France taking new troops over and
bringing home the wounded. After WW1 He was with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Dept as a patrolman, motorcycle cop and a detective.
He quit the Police Dept because of the corrupt Pendergast regime in Kansas City. He was a salesman for Hall Brothers which
is now Hallmark Cards. His territory was the state of Minnesota.
He later went to California where he was a car salesman. He also owned his own Chrysler dealership in Whittier,  California.
He also worked as a security guard at a defense plant in San Pedro during WW2 .

left Rose Ellen Kanally                              Fremont Jones sr.     WW1 

   Fremont Jones, the little guy and his father .  Johnson County Kansas Sheriff
John Wilson Jones .. Sheriff 1898 - 1901, later 12years county commissioner
Kansas City Mo,


At the time of his marriage to Jennie Hart (Hart House at Old Shawnee Town)
he was Sheriff of Johnson County.  He was also a County commissioner for 12 years. He was a farmer and auctioneer. He was responsible for one of the most modern roads in Johnson County, KC - Olathe road, which follows what is now  Southwest Blvd from KC, to Johnson Drive in Merriam, to Nieman road in Shawnee, south to 75th street,  west to Quivira Road, south through Lenexa city center and on to Olathe, the road was made of brick. Link
His Farm was located at 67th to 71st Street, from  Nieman road to Quivira, Now Shawnee Village,   this was not far from his wife's parent's farm, the first location of the Hart House,,   75th and Quivira rd..   It was moved to Old Shawnee Town, and is now know as the "Truck Farm".  A travesty, and loss of true Shawnee history  ..

Updated 4 april 2016.......

OK Guys,   since I started looking for information , we have found out several facts within one days search,   including getting a photo of another certificate,

heres a paragraph from the ARRL book 200 meters and down.  It says the Central Radio Assn was formed in 1911
info supplied by Charlie K0THN

now here's a certificate from 1915,   supplied by Dale W0HSK

A Central Radio Assn certificates, from Safford Thacher (1898-1964) 9QV  in 1915 with the number 309.
Looks like he modified his own certificate, I think it original said 1" Coil and maybe Twenty or Thirty miles.
He was apparently in Topeka. He later was W9QV and W0QV.

FYI, this certificate and some other old stuff are "RIGHT NOW" on auction see auction 114

at this link http://bid.schulmanauction.com/lot/24256392/very-early-variable-rotary-inductor-for-spark-gap/?sort=2&ref=catalog

More info, just in (5april2016) from Glenn KF0ED  Here the link to the mention of Central Radio in an old issue of The Popular Science Monthly, dated 1915.




Do you have any more information ??   

contact k0ip   thanks                      k0ip@ida.net