Lansing’s tradition of raising money to provide shoes and boots for deserving schoolchildren began around 1910 when truant officer George E. Palmer established the Palmer Shoe Fund.
In 1924 the Old Newsboys Association, led by its first president R. Guy Brownson, was organized to assist in the efforts begun by Palmer. The Old Newsboys cooperated with The State Journal and the Lansing Capital News to publish and sell a spoof newspaper during a one-day fund-raising drive. Clergy, educators, businessmen, politicians and other citizens joined in the effort.
Since 1932 the Lansing State Journal has printed the humorous tabloid annually hawked by Old Newsboys on streets and in workplaces throughout Greater Lansing.
A Michigan Historical Marker in Wentworth Park honors the Old Newsboys.
Nic Clark, President
Claire Corr, 1st Vice President
Cassandra Becker Trawitz, 2nd Vice President
Linda Becker, Corresponding Secretary
Sean Douglas, Treasurer
Mark Nixon, Media Director
Luke Canfora, Immediate Past President
Jim Spackman, Assistant Executive Director
Tom Rathbun, Assistant Treasurer
Board of Directors
Renee Morgan Freeman
Jane Aldrich, WLNS TV6
Teri Bernero, Lansing School District
Mary Ellen Sheets, Two Men and a Truck
Maj. Sam Davis, Ingham County Sheriff’s Department
Vickki Dozier, LSJ Columnist
Suzy Merchant, MSU Women’s Basketball Coach