Articles of Incorporation 1924


“The Camping Tourists of America”



[Articles below are replaced with appropriate Articles in Constitution and By-laws as indicated below.]

Articles of Incorporation entered into this 4th day of April, A.D. 1924 by and between William J. Houck, Dr. V. M. George, Wilbert D. Jacobs, Luther K. Supernaw, Russell W. Vaughn, Fred F. Bates, H. P. Wagner, H. E. Robbins, J. Z. Barrett, J. J. Landis, and Jeff Gordy, who hereby associate themselves together as a body politic, under the laws of the State of Florida, in such cause made and provided, and do adopt the following as their proposed Charter, to-wit:

[Article I, Sec. 1 and 2]

Article I The name of this Corporation shall be “The Camping Tourists of America”, with their principle office at the Braden Castle Camp, Manatee County, State of Florida.


Article II The general nature and object of the Corporation is to provide a resort for its members, under the best influences for the mutual benefit of its members, the improvements of health, the encouragement of educational, physical and moral betterment, the amusement of its members, and for their general entertainment and instruction.

[Article III]

Article III All white American Citizens, who are loyal to their country, and free of contagious or infectious diseases, and who are willing to take the obligation of membership, are eligible thereto.

Article IV The term for which this organization is to exist shall be ninety-nine (99) years.

[Article V]

Article V The affairs of the Corporation are to be managed by a board of nine directors, from whom the following officers shall be elected: a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who are to be elected at the annual meeting of the stockholders, to be held on the second Tuesday in January of each year.

Article VI The names of the officers who are to manage all the affairs of the Corporation, until the first election, are as follows: William J. Houck, President; Luther K Supernow, Vice-President; Russell W. Vaughn, Secretary; Wilbert B. Jacobs, Treasurer; and the following as a board of Directors: William J. Houck, Russell W. Vaughn, Fred F. Bates, Wilbert B. Jacobs, Virgil M. George, Luther K. Supernow, H. P. Wagner, Jacob J. Landis, and H. Robinson.

[Article IV]

Article VII The By-laws of this Corporation shall be made, altered or amended by the Stockholders thereof, at any annual meeting, or at any special meeting called for that purpose.

[Article IX, Sec. 11, Para. 2]

Article VIII The highest amount of indebtedness, or liability, to which the Corporation can, at any time, subject itself shall never be greater than half of the value of its property, which indebtedness shall not exceed the sum of Twenty-five Thousand (25,000.00) Dollars.

[Article IX, Sec. 11, Para. 2]

Article IX The amount in value of the real estate which the Corporation may hold, subject always to the approval of the Circuit Judge, shall be Fifty-Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00).

[Original Signers:]

Dr. V. M. George Columbus, Ohio
Wilbert B. Jacobs Emlenton, Pennsylvania
Luther K. Supernow Flint, Michigan
Russell W. Vaughn Rome City, Indiana
William J. Houck Marion, Indiana
Fred Bates          Detroit, Michigan
H. F. Wagner      Greentown, Indiana
H. E. Robbins        Marion, Indiana
J. Z. Barrett        Bradenton, Florida
J. J. Landis              Freesoil, Michigan



I hereby certify that on this, the 4th day of April A.D. 1924, before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared William J. Houck, to me well know to be one of the persons described herein, and executed the foregoing Articles, who acknowledged the execution thereof to be his free act and deed that the said William J. Houck, being by me first duly sworn, says on his oath that it is intended in good faith to carry out the purpose and objects set forth in said Articles of Association.

/s/ William J. Houck
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of April A.D. 1924.

/s/May L. Davis
(Notarial Seal)                            Notary Public

Notary Public for the State of Florida at large.
My commission expires Feb 7, 1938

The foregoing Charter of the Camping Tourists of America, having been this day presented for approval, together with proof of publication of the same, as required by law, and no cause being shown to the contrary, and the same being in proper form, and for an object authorized by Law, the said foregoing Charter of the Camping Tourists of America is hereby approved on this, the Fifth day of May A.D. 1924.

/s/ W. T. Harrison
Judge of the Circuit Court
Manatee County, Florida