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I IfvERY ufl member
A reader of the
producers news
" ^iied Weekly. _
VOLUME XV. Number 23
°A(. s
Join the
United Farmers
Entered as second Class Matter, October It, 191*, at the Post
office at Plentywood, Montana, Under the Act of March S. ISIS
14 Pickets Wounded By Gunshot
Hundreds Already Evicted
by Bankers and Their
Work Outside of Farm Has
Practically Disappeared,
Farmers Left Destitute
Virginia, Minn., Aug. 27.—Hun* |
<Jreds of farmers of St. Louis j
county have joined the United 1
Farmers League in the past six |
months. The reason for the farm
ers joining the United Farmers
League is that they see in the 1
militant program of the United ]
Farmers League a way out of the I
present impoverished conditions.
Most of the farmers in St. Louis )
county are dependent for a living;
outside of the meager income that !
they get from their farms, as they
cannot make enough from their
small farms to support themselves
and families. In the past years
the farmers worked in the woods
for the logging
roads, mines, mills and for the
county and in this way were able
to eke out an existence. Now
when the capitalists have closed
the iron mines, have stopped log
ging operations, and when very
little county work is done farmers
are facing evictions from their
Hundreds Already Evicted
Already hundreds of farmers
have been evicted from their farm
because of inability to pay the
taxes, because the capitalists
no longer need their labor
in the industries to make profits.
They can no longer pay the bank
ers and other loan sharks profits
on the mortgages held by these
legal robbers and the prices of the
farm products are below the cost
of production. In practically every
faming locality abandoned farms
seen, buildings
apart, fences rotting away, and
the fields are covered with weeds,
farm? on which the farmer had
toiled away the best part of his
life and that of his family,
was forced to leave the farm by
the orders of the legal robbers
(bankers and loan companies) who
had the sheriff (tool of these
sites) tell him that:
we of no use to us any more, you
can't make any more profits for
get out, you
Hundreds of farmers in Minne
8°ta in the past couple of years
were driven off their farms by
these grafters and herded like
sheep with their families into the
starving army of 12,000,000 un
employed in the cities. Hundreds
more farmers will meet the same
fate at the hands of these 100
cent Americans unless they follow
the example of the 500 farmers
who joined the United Farmers
League in the past few months to
against sheriff sales; demand tax
exemption for the poor farmers;
prepare for the tax strike; carry
en the fight against the whole
«y stem of grafting and for a
Workers and farmers government.
Communist Convention
to be Held In Roosevelt
County Tomorrow
The Communist convention for
Hoosevelt county will occur at the
Jim Ostby farm in east Roosevelt
county, tomorrow, Saturday, Sept.
3 - The Reds plan on putting up a
complete county ticket and making
611 active campaign.
The Communists of Cascade
county .Great Falls, Montana, are
al*o holding their convention on
the same day when they will nomi
nate a full slate of candidates.
»n Daniels county, the Reds are
also holding a convention about the
uuddle of September when a slate
0l candidates will be nominated.
against evictions, fight
The solar eclipse, Wednesday,
J**® viewed by many of the in
habitants of the village thru the
j reliable smoked glass or other
mcked the
gadgets. The moon
■ western edge of the
*~ ns disk shortly after noon,
gradually passing across the orb
a j at its greatest extent the
sadow covered a little over half
z 1 ® surface then slowly passing
thbt th€ eastern •if* about
An Appeal
Farmers to the Rescue of The Producers News
Farmers of Sheridan County:
It is ray task a!nd my duty to call your attention to the
serious financial crisis facing the PRODUCERS NEWS: to
urge upon you the need to come to its rescue today.
Farmers; Monday we did not have the paper to get out
this weeks issue. There was a ton at the depot requiring $10 <
to lift. We did hot have $107 nor a tenth part Of that sum.
We did not know where to get it. On wine and by mail we
appealed for aid. Distant Comrades responded, namely farmers
at Frederick, South Dakota wired in $50; James Ostby of
Roosevelt county got out and collected $35 on subscriptions;
money coming for job work was rushed in. Loyal Sheridan
county farmers acted in paying subscriptions quickly. The
chasm was bridged Wednesday—the paper was lifted and help
paid some money. You have your PRODUCERS NEWS this
week. But the crisis is not liquidated by a tong shot.
Farmers! You don't want to lose your PRODUCERS
NEWS! You look forward to it each week with its cargo of
news of the struggles of the farmers and workers in their fight
for equal opportunity aiad liberty—the full social value of their
toil. You want it bigger and better as the months pass, you
want its circulation to grow so that it can become a more and
more powerful weapon in your hands in the great struggle.
Them you must do yiour part!
You cannot expect editors and printers to get 'out your
PRODUCERS NEWS without paper or something to eat. Tho
they might be willing to do this for you, it just can't be datoe.
It takes money for paper, it takes money for food.
I know that times are hard and are getting harder and
will continue to get harder. The harder times get the more
you will need your PRODUCERS NEWS. Now what if some
day there were no more PRODUCERS NEWS? Think of it!
That very thing may happen. It all depends upon you.
But it need not happen—if it does happen you will be to
blame. It is your paper and you can beep it going if yo*i but
will. And it will not cost any ome of us much if we will only
all of us act together.
Now Comrades, if we would but act in a mass, we could
put the PRODUCERS NEWS over thte hump in a jiffy—Let
every farmer pay his subscription, or a part of it, the day he
reads this appeal—if you have not the money then; then posi
tively, out of the very first money you, get—there would be tots
of money in the Producers News till that bight; suppose if you
can't pay $3, you pay $2; if not $2 than $1, or if shy a dollar
then 50 cents.—you surely have a few cents you, can use to meet
this obligation to yourself if you wake up to what the paper
means to you, and what it's loss would mean. Don't you under
stand that this would mean the paper's salvation?
Now comrade farmers; This fight is your fight. This
appeal is not ab appeal for me or for those who happen to work
at the office. The PRODUCERS NEWS is your paper, you»*
weapon in the struggle, your defence. Those in the office can
not keep the paper going, cannot carry the toad on their shoul
ders, even if they would—and they have been doing their best
to do this very thing—white you looked on and felt glad you
had a paper like the PRODUCERS NEWS that is yours abd is
fighting your battle. Are you now going to do your duty
towards it or are you going to find some excuse to hide behind
while hoping that your neighbor digs up abd saves the paper
that fights for you and your children as well as his. Tell me.
If you are going to do your part, do it today. Tomorrow
may be too late. Do your bit! All your bits together means a
heap, it means success, it means victory ! If you have bo money
bring in something that the force can eat while it works—its
as good as the money. Bring in WHEAT! We can get the
money for wheat. Every farmer in the country can set aside
from TEN to TWENTY bushels of WHEAT for HIS OWN
PAPER, the PRODUCERS NEWS. Farmers, there are lots of
Jim Ostbys among you! There are a tot of you who can get
out as he has done, collect subscription money among your
neighbors and get new subscribers—get $50, $75, $100 as he is
You could do as well as he if you only realized your
duty and the importance of doing it as he realizes a!nd under
lie is poor too, but he finds a way. He does not
out searching for a reason "not to do his duty but tets nothing
prevent him from doing it. There are those among you who.
I'll bet, can beat Jim Ostby's record. There are groups of
farmers in Sheridan couinty that can beat the farmers of Fred
erick, South Dakota in their response.
Hans Rasmussen is out in the field organizing the collec
tions for the paper. When be comes along, cooperate with him;
get out with him to see your neighbors—help him. Farmers
everywhere, meet; organize special subscription committees;
put on drives; two or three of you go out together, collect sub
scription money, get new subscribers—take money, wheat, flax
and rush it in to the PRODUCERS NEWS as quickly as pos
sible. There is no time to delay. Comrades, have money o*
wheat ready for these collection committees when they come.
Those of you who have the money, get it to us at once.
You, comrades in Sheridan county who have fought with
us ill the fights folr the farmers and workers for 15 years, do
not want to see yiour enemies, the enemies oif the farmers and
workers everywhere, dance o*n the grave of the PRODUCERS
NEWS, your paper!
Well it's up to you.
stands it.
Buyers Co-operative Idea Sounds
Good to Sheridan Co. Farmers
Farmer Writes In That Co^opera_.^
(toîU Sr Thinks Plentyol
Good to Him—Thmks Plenty or
Certificates Could be Sold to
Put Project Over
Many farmers have commented
to the Producers News represen
tative on the practicability of the
Buyers Co-operative as proposed
in these columns last week. Every
farmer agrees with the necessity
of such as institution if the con
sumer is to have an even break in
Plentywood in the price of things
he mpst consume. "We just can't
keep on selling our products for
the prices we are receiving and
keep paying the outlandish prices,
war time prices that the Plenty
wood merchants charge us for the
things we have to buy. Of course
it would not be wise to invest in
buildings and fixtures to any
tent. We should use every dollar
we could raise to buy staple naer
chandise, so that the stock could
be liquidated at any time, so the
holders of the co-operative cer
tificates could trade them in for
merchandise at any tijne. In only
a few transactions the member of
the Buyers Co-operative" would
save the amount of his investment.
The idea that the basement of the
Farmer-Labor Temple could be
used for store room for the be
ginning is a very good one.
would save some rent,
tive certificates could be issued to
pay for labor in the making of
e few necessary fixtures. And
why could not the basement of the
^ ^ ^ a ^ of farin -
market? I think that would
be worth thinking over."
Another man of considerable
(Continued en PfeS'o two)
Ftlt-K LKlCrOUlY
Peter Gustav Erickson, promi
nent farmer of the north Dooley
country passed away at the Plenty
wood hospital Saturday, August
27, following an operation per
formed the day before in an at
tempt to save his life. He had
not been well for several days but
thought nothing of it until his con
dition became so bad that he con
sulted a physician who found the
trouble was appendicitis and that
the appendix had bursted.
Mr. Erickson was born in Swed
ed January 1, 1892, and came to
the United States in 1911 and to
Montana in 1916.
He lived in the DooleyComer
town territory since coming to
Montana in 1916 and was a tire
less worker in the progressive
movement. He is survived by his
widow and an 11 year old son.
Funeral services were conducted
Tuesday from Gomertown and
burial was made in the cemetery
at that place. Rev. Bailey of*
County Officials Living Off
of Farmers Treat Them
Like Dogs
Demand High Paid Officials
Get Reduction In
Meadowbrook, Minn., August 19.
—The following letter of protest
was sent to the County Board by
the United Farmers League today,
protesting the actions of the Coun
ty Board in response to the needs
of the farmers of the county:
To the Honorable Asmund Asby
and to the Honorable County
Gentlemen :
The farmers of Meadow Brook,
and other neighboring toWnships
hereby submit the following state
ment to the County Commission
ers of the Seventh District and to
the County Board:
Farmers Receive Discourteous
As discussed in our recent meet
ings at Meadow Brook hall, the
farmers of this locality are very
much dissatisfied at the way the
the commissioner and his employes
approach the farmers. We feel
that the county employees snouM
have more sympahty for the poor
farmers as they, the county em
ployees are paid by the money re
ceived for taxes which the farm
ers pay out of their last penny.
The following are a few of the in
stances which are actual facts and
which should be taken under se
vere criticism and also which the
farmers in their United Farmers
League meeting discussed very
Requests Laughed at
First of all the bridge on Rick
road which is known as Olson's
bridge, has been in very bad shape
all summer. Many requests have
been made to repair said bridge,
to the office at Lindengrove and
to Hibbing. At a certain time
when a request was made to the
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Farmers are Striking
Deputy Sheriff Aids
Strike "Leader
The attempt of the misleaders of the farmers
to break the picket lines of the farmers is finding
determined resistance in the ranks of the farmers.
Clinton P. Savery of Logan, Iowa, one of the
"leaders" in the move to boycott Omaha told the
farmers on August 22 in a meeting at Missouri
Valley, Iowa, that they ought to quit picketing.
He was ably seconded by Deputy Sheriff Harry
Walton who told the farmers that while the shar
iff's office was in favor of the strike they would
enforce the |aw for the milk trust. Walton said,
"Y'dta have no right to stop anyone or
destroy anything; the man who wants to
sell has a right to sell; he has a right to
use the highways; if he wants to get his
stuff to market we are going to help him
get it there," he declared.
Then Jim Hawn of Woodbine stood up
and declared "I am past 60 years old and
have lost everything but my tongue but
I'm going to use that. We are out to get
the cost of production and if we have to
go to the penitentiary five years to get it,
we'll do it."
Hawn's speech met with the vigorous approval
of the farmers at the meeting and Savery again
attempted to get them to end their picket lines.
The farmers however, decided to continue their
militant picketing.
Prepared Betrayal In Early
Days of Strike
In the early part of the strike the Sioux City
Milk Producers Assn, prepared for its betrayal of
interests of the farmers by getting 600 farmers,
it is reported, to sign the following pledge:
"Owing to the fact that milk dis
tributors at the present time are not giv
ing the producers a just and equitable
share of the consumers' money, we, the
undersigned milk producers, hereby agree
to be guided by the Sioux City Milk Pro
ducers' Association in the disposal of our
milk, and in the event that any drastic
action must be taken and we are forced
to sustain loss, we agree not to hold the
Sheriff Mobilizes Small
Army of Deputies Near
Des Moines
Sioux City Chamber of
Commerce Asks for
Martial Law
As a result of mass pressure of
thousands of farmers 87 picketing
farmers who were arrested Thurs
day in Sioux City were released
on the very same day. Sheriff
Davenport, who had the strik
ers arrested, did not press any
charges as a result of the anger
aroused in the ranks of the farm
On August 25 dairy farmers met
in Sioux Falls, S. D., to organize
a demand for better prices. The
farmers are demanding $1.75 for
3.5 per cent milk bottled by the
distributors and butterfat prices
for the balance. The farmers are
now being paid $1.25 for milk of
3.5 per cent content. The farm
ers are being "represented" by
one Eggers, a farm "leader". He
is doing everything in his power
to prevent the farmers from or
ganizing a strike with the excuse
that "acts of violence" have taken
place in the Sioux City strike.
61 Jailed in Council Bluffs
Sixty-one farmers were jailed in
Council Bluffs on Thursday, Aug.
25. Twelve of them were sent
enced by Judge Jack Dewitt to
$100 fine or thirty days in jail.
While the strikers were in jail the
sheriff threw a guard of heavily
armed deputies around the court
house to prevent any attempt on
the part of the strikers outside to
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association responsible. We also agree to
donate a fee of 50 cents membership.
The Association wants the farmers to be
This was
guided by it in the strike settlement.
a move to prevent rank and file control of the
strike, because rank and file control of the strike
would mean the strike would be conducted in the
interests of the masses of impoverished dairy
farmers, and not in the interest of the Sioux City
Milk Producers Association. The Association lead
ers were too yellow tho, to risk anything in the
strike, and so the pledge 'which they gave the
farmers to sign contains the statement that
the event that any drastic action must be taken
and we are forced to sustain a loss, we agree no*
to hold the association responsible.
The Association lets the farmers risk
thing thru a struggle and warns them beforehand
that if the struggle become bitter it would not
stand behind them.
Holiday Leaders Attack
Militant Farmers
The leadership of the Farmers Holiday As
sociation has lined itself in a front with the milk
trust and its agents, the sheriffs, in "condemn*
ing violence." On hearing reports that a train
coming to Sioux City had been stopped the
leadership of the Farmers Holiday Association
adopted the following resolution;
"We as officers thrnout the Sioux
City area join with the national office at
Des Moines in condemning the stopping
of trains and breaking of seals on live
stock Cars as occurred Monday night.
"We deplore and regret the situation
and feel sure that none of onr active
membership participated in the incident.
"The Farmers Holiday association
continually has advised against such pro
cedure everywhere and will continue to
do so.
"We take this opportunity of reas
serting o«r opposition to all such acts of
violence and of expressing our hope that
they will be discontinued by everyone."
The statement was signed by W. C. Daniel,
chairman of the Woodbury county unit of the
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Iowa Farmers Do Not
Get "Basic" Milk Price
The prices quoted in the capitalist press as the
price which the farmers have been getting in Iowa
for milk are misleading. In Sioux City the farmers
have been getting $1.40 a hundred for 3*8 per cent
butterfat content at one dairy and $1.25 for 3.5 per
cent at the other dairies.
But this price the farmer gets for only part of
his milk. From 35 to 50 per cent of the milk is sold
as "surplus." The only milk for which he gets the
base price is that which is bottled. From the surplus
cheese and butter are manufactured. The surplus
has varied in price. For about half of it the farm
ers get 80 cents a hundred weight and for the rest
only 30 cents. As a result of the surplus the farm
ers are reported to have been averaging about 70
cents a hundred weight for all of their milk.
This is the way it works if the milk trust skins
the farmers by the regular means only. They have
irregular means also. In the first place the milk trust
decides on what is basic and what is "surplus" in the
milk the farmers bring in. And secondly they de
cide on what the butterfat content of the farmer's
milk is, more often in favor of the milk trust than
not CiuTfarmer iirSouth Dakota had a milk check
of $10 for two weeks milking of 16
(By a Worker Correspondent)
' Sioux City, Iowa, August 26.—
Eighty-eight farmers were arrested
here yesterday morning but were
released about four o'clock. The
crowd of angry farmers and work
ers who \vere gathering at the
courthouse and jail kept growing
larger so the sheriff decided that
it would be wise to release these
men before there was trouble. The
picket lines have remained un
broken during the night. It is ex
pected that the bosses will ask for
troops today.
"Here is a ticket," said a
farmer on the picket line,
"showing a price of 90 cents
per hundred weight with a
hauling charge of 30 cents
per hundredweight off that
price, which 1 eft the milk
netting mo 1.2 cents per
quart, and my milk tested
No. 1 milk."
James W. F ord
James W. Ford, Communist can
didate for vice president, will be
in Plentywood, Sept. 5, Labor Day,
speaking at the Farmer-Labor
Temple at 2 o'clock in the after
Ford is an international charac
' <■. '
'A J
ter. He is a Négxo labor leader.
His father was a steel worker. His
grandfather was lynched. He went
to public school apd worked his
way through high school and Fisk
college. He is a veteran of the
world war. After the war he be
came a leader of Negro workers
and Negro people—a militant
James W. Ford is a world re
nowned orator, known the world
over. One of the most powerful
and dramatic Negro orators in the
world. He has spoken to great
throngs in American and Europe.
He toured Europe last year for the
Soottsboro boys. He was unani
mously nominated for vice presi
dent at the National Communist
Sheriff Forced to Free All
as Result of Mass
12 ARE FINED $100
Four Gunmenn Pour Tear
Gas on Pickets; Hospital
Is Resting Place
Fourteen picketing farmen
were wounded about midnight
Tuesday hear Cherokee, Iowa,
when they were hit by gunshot
from a car going thru the pick
et lines. Gas bombs were also
thrown from the car proceeding
the shooting. The sheriff, Ar
thur H. Tilton, stated that he
shooting. Whether the men in
the car were deputies or not has
not been determined. The sher
iff and the County Attorney R.
G. Rodman of Cherokee, Iowa,
have started an "investigation"
of the shooting. The sheriff
has also used the shooting as an
excuse to call on the governor to
establish martial law in the
The sheriff has not even gone
to the trouble of blaming the
shooting on the pickets. Only
farmer pickets have been woun
dred so far as is known at
this time. And yet the sheriff
calls for the national guard.
The militia is being called to
crush the strike and for no other
purpose. The sheriffs have been
looking for an "incident" to get
in the militia to break the strike
for the milk trust. Now even
tho the "incident" is the shoot
ing of 14 pickets the sheriff
goes forward With his plans.
With the spread of the
strike to Omaha, Nebr.. and
Des Moines, Iowa, and the
tightening of picket lines
around those cities the milk
trust and their agents in the
sheriffs offices are intensify
ing their drive against the
striking farmers. In Des
Moines a small army of dep
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convention May 28, and has been
speaking to huge crowds in behalf
of the Communist party in the U.
S. during the election campaign.
He was in Washington on the day
of the Battle of Washington, and
saw the bonus battle. He saw the
tanks and cavalry ride down the
defenseless veterans of the world
war, who were asking for their
back pay. He was arrested on
Hoover's orders and thrown into
jail, but was later released with
out charge. Ford has been twice
to Russia as delegate to important
conventions, where he traveled ex
tensively. .
Jams W, Ford is probably
of the greatest—one of the most
powerful speakers that have ever
visited Plentywood. Everyone will
want to hear him.
The Plentywood Pioneers will
sing and contribute to the
Remember the time Monday aft
ernoon, September 6, Labor Day,
national holiday, at Farmer-Labor
Temple, Plentywood. Out every
body, every farmer and worker,
hear the great Negro orator and
labor leader present the program
of the Communist party.
Attorney and Mrs. A. C. Erick
son and Billy returned from north
ern Minnesota where they have
spent the past month visiting at
the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Dan
Olson, Mr. and Mrs. Art Reuber
and Mr. and Mrs. Eng. Torstenson,
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Moe, who live
in Florida, spent their vacation

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