Personally, I'm thankful the proposal resulted in a failed attempt to secure a coin for a very local event - there were already far too many of them!
Exactly mirrors my thoughts commems. Thankful this proposal did not advance, although I would not have know of it without your research and sharing.
While collectors in 1936/1937 might have felt taken advantage of, today we treasure these coins as valued members of a limited and tremendous variety set of wonderful coins.
(Bridgeport, CT; Elgin, IL; New Rochelle,NY; York County,ME; etc.)
I'll add to the 'etc' of coins which commemorated events of truly local significance only - Fort Vancouver, WA; Hudson, NY; Albany, NY; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, SC; Long Island, NY; Lynchburg, VA; Norfolk, VA and Roanoke Island, NC.
I did not include in my 'etc' listing the notorious 1936 Cincinnati Musical Center half, the personal project for profit to Thomas G. Melish. This coin (con) commemorated nothing of significance and was intended to only profit from the collecting public.
It's good commems to read of a commemorative bill that did not make it to a coin during the 1936/1937 commemorative craze period. Thank you for sharing that history.
Your post has raised my awareness of how many of our treasured classic silver commemorative were authorized for events of only local significance. My rough count is 13 of the 50 type coins.
That would be a fun and informative post for you to offer - the story behind the local interest coins.
Of course, I'm still being patient pending the book release, where there is sure to be a chapter on the topic.