Written by KIP ,    Fremont Jones's  (FJ's) grandson                      The  CENTRAL RADIO ASSOCIATION

Info added 3 feb 2018,  I just received a promise (from WASVC) of a picture of a certificate issued to his Grandfather, 
Arnold Barta, in Cedar Rapids, Ia,   #830   more info about this when I get the picture  !!

Do you have any information about this group ?

This Certificate (1079) was my grandfathers, he lived in Shawnee Kansas.
The ARRL was only a year and some months old when this was issued.
It's apparent the Central Radio Ass'n must have been busy for some time, since this is certificate # 1078(right side in red)..
farther down the page is Certificate # 309,   dated June 24, 1915
and  when I get it              certificate # 830  dated July  28 1915   will be posted,     

I do not own #309 and cant see the original, but  if these dates are correct  ,
in the span on one month they gained 521 members ???   maybe what I see as 309 is in fact 809 ???

FJ's 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. after the war, he apparently never got back into radio.?? 
More of  FJ's story is down  the page  Click here

 I have to presume, that after WW1 ,  the Central Radio Assn  never took off ,  probably faded into history,  

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.. A fact  I'm not disputing, 
4 years later The Central Radio ass'n folks out in the Midwest either chose to ignore the rules
or never heard of them ?? Or maybe the Radio Act didn't regulate licensing , or require call signs to be assigned ??      

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


This web was Updated 3 Feb 2018.......

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
 This info was found 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.

Info below from Glenn KF0ED 
Here the link to the Central Radio Assn,  in an old issue of The Popular Science Monthly, dated 1915.


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.

FJ was 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 Greatgrand mother (Jennie)  , 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   his first wife           Fremont Jones sr.     WW1 

Fremont Jones, the little guy and his father . His Father, the Johnson County Kansas Sheriff  between  1898 - 1901,  some years later he was elected as a county commissioner and served for 12 years. until his death in  1929
California ,  car salesman
Kansas City Mo, Police Department ..

A SIDEBAR ABOUT SHERIFF JONES,        FJ's father... John Wilson Jones.

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  ..


Do you have any more information ??   

contact k0ip   thanks                      k0ip@ida.net