Throwback Thursday: 1944 Chamber Board Meeting in Gary

While digging through the archives, we found this packet from a Chamber board of directors meeting in Gary in 1944. A compiliation of some text:

Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting
September 9-10, 1944

The second regular meeting in 1944 of the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce was held in Gary, Indiana September 9-10. The Board members, their wives and the staff were guests of Mr. S.M. Jenks, General Superintendent of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation…

The meeting opened with a tour of the plant of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation on Saturday forenoon, September 9, with Mr. Jenks, Mr. J.L Perry, President of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, and a number of his assistants conducting the tour. Following the completion of the tour, the Directors were guests of the Steel Corporation at a luncheon. This luncheon also was attended by the officers and members of the Board of Directors of the Gary Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Jenks presided at the luncheon and the program included remarks of welcome by Mr. W.E. Hadley, Manager of Operations, Chicago District, Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation; response by Mr. Dean Mitchell, President of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; and remarks by Mr. J.L. Perry, President of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation…

The dinner for Directors, their wives and guests on the evening of Saturday, September 9, was held at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago and was preceded by a cocktail party.

Many of the public policy issues addressed at the meeting included unemployment compensation, old age and survivors’ insurance taxes, public welfare problems, hospitalization and sickness insurance, federal and state taxation, state aid to local government, city financing and tax exemptions.