Central West Public Service Corporation

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Central West Public Service Corporation was a Chicago, Illinois[1] based utility company which operated in Iowa, South Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota. It owned stock in other utilities which operated in Illinois, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Its failure in 1934 reflects the difficult economic climate of the Great Depression and the inability of large utilities, with significant market capitalizations, to remain solvent.


The power corporation went into receivership in March 1934 after defaulting on interest payments on its first lien collateral gold bonds, its ten-year convertible 6% debentures, and its 7% gold notes.[2] Three receivers for the firm were appointed, first in Wilmington, Delaware[1] and Sioux City, Iowa,[3] and later in Chicago.[1] Central West Public Service Corporation reported an outstanding indebtedness of $12,800,000 at the time of its failure.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Central West Public Service, Wall Street Journal, March 17, 1934, pg.2.
  2. ^ Central West P.S. Co., Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1934, pg. 4.
  3. ^ a b Receivers For Utilities, New York Times, March 14, 1934, pg. 29.