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ISPA Club History
as recalled by
Dick Ury
Some of the dates in this article are from memory or what I have been told and may not be exact, but most are close.
The ISPA was started in 1925, some say 1926. In the early days, the shows were quite small. A three or four hundred bird show was considered a big one. Some of the people who were active in the ISPA at that time were the Sandin's, John and his two sons, Roy and Don Sandin. Later John Sandin became President of the National Pigeon Association. Two National Shows were held in Des Moines in 1952 and 1954. The Sandin's ran the ISPA from the 30's to about the late 50's. Some of the others who were active in the ISPA at that time Art Semn, C.W. Sied, Frank Bailey,O.R. Brown, all from Des Moines and E.K. Ryan of Eagle Grove, Iowa.
Sometime around the early 1960's Lloyd and Elsie Thomas became the Secretary/Treasurer of the ISPA. By then some of the shows would have 1,000 birds, considered good at the time. The Thomas' ran the ISPAin the 1960's and early 1970's. The shows were held at different locations in Des Moines. In the early 1960's Lloyd Thomas started holding the shows at Veteran's Auditorium in Des Moines. The shows were held at the Auditorium for about 40 years and became 3,000 bird shows.
Howard Hart became Secretary/Treasurer of the ISPA in the 1970's and with the help of Don Delaney as President the shows began to grow. Today we have shows of 4,000 and 5,000 birds every year with the help of good people such as Lloyd and Jan Nyhus, Don Delaney, Rick Peters, Dean Dirksen, Jerry Kern, Harold Collett, Larry St. John and many others.