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County Court House Bond Authonzatîon^î*i
uesday , Juty % 2ht
Producers News
Official Organ of Far mer« Holiday Association
Plentywood, Sheridan County, Montana, Friday,
of Montana
VOL. XIX. NO 17.
July 17, 1936.
Five Hundred at Drouth Meeting
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Military Police Arrest Pickets at Fort Peck
freedom of speech and petition
Bedbug Barracks Still Com
pulsory— Army Officers
Ride Ruff Over Workers—
Wage Scales Broken—
Meetings Prohibited.
Politicians Pass Buck
FORT PECK, Mont., Special to
The Producers News., July 13,—
The police yesterday prohibited a
peaceful protest picketing of one
of the messhalls. The Federal
Union organizer and his wife were
arrested when they tried to start
the picketing in defiance of police
orders. The organizer was also ar
rested Tuesday when he tried to
charge the place of meeting to the
shade of a building. (The admin
istration has refused to rent a hall
on the project for these meetings.)
Notices posted on the outside of
the messhalls—where lots of other
notices are posted, including some
by the government —have been
torn down by the order of the chief
of police. Now the rule is that no
way, but that the mass meeting
notices may be placed on bulletin
boards—if approved. Nothing that
is untrue or unseemly will be ap
proved, it was stated. When ask
ed to approve an announcement
of the investigation of Fort Peck
which has been brought about by
the mass meetings Captain Plank
■ »jd he would have to "sleep* on
it." He said some parts of it were
not true. He was apparently refer
wigto the statement in the notice
that said, "Men who are receiving
o0-65 cents an hour for doing
semi-skilled or skilled work will
^ve a chance to testify. Some
carpenter's helpers are using car
penters' tools and doing the work
fContinued on page two)
Callahan Case Continued
Until August the Third
faring on the petition for
Permanent injunction filed by
Corn» * on C en î ra l Life Insurance
* Way Cincinnati against
aS? H - Callahan of ' Redstone
hereby mortgage brokers seek
^hahan from entering
own farm and moving
CS 0w ji home, was continued
(L., Tuesday, July 7th to Mon
the i^ st 3rd > at 10 o'clock in
Felt D?' hy Judge Stanley
ed.L T - aker w ho had been call
Paul to hear the
^ffadivt r Ç a hahan had filed
Judge Felt prejud i ce against
of com 4 . sat on the contempt
£e found rJ 11 ? June 21st, when
aical com*™ ^ an ^ilty of tech
ln . disobeying the
aQt unin J T nj j nction issued last
^laharTf udge Pau l restraining
the Peaopf i int erfermg with
, Ca!1 ^an LL posse ssion jof the
fat Life, if m b v the Union Cen
S ne d him ^n rance com P aiîî y and
lne upon r ? nd suspended the
9 the ordpf a ^ an s observation
ÿahan fi?^ Because of this
p *judi ce î e affidavit of
^hich automatically
♦ * *
In 1935, Sheridan County *
* reduced its indebtedness more *
than $304,009, of this amount *
* $204,000 was a reduction in *
bonded indebtedness. The *
* county warrant indebtedness *
* wag «educed nearly $100,000. •
The small additional indebt- *
* ednees is asked to' build
* Court House for '
a ♦
Sheridan *
* County is but a small item *
* when compared to past heavy *
* indebtedness. *
And the Federal Govern- *
* ment at this time will pay 45 *
* per cent of the Court House *
* cost. ♦
Vote in favor of a New *
* Court House for Sheridan *
* tion, Tuesday, July 21.
* County at the Primary Elec- *
Members of all 4-H Clubs in
Sheridan county are preparing ex
hibits for the 4-H Fair to be held
Wednesday, July 22 in Plenty
owod. The exhibits will be on dis
play in the county fair building.
All exhibits must be in by Monday,
July 20th in order that the judge
may make the placing on Tuesday,
July 21st.
4-H clubs will compete in judg
ing and demonstrations to deter
mine who will represent the coun
ty at the north Montana Fair at
Great Falls. A representative to
represent the county in the state
(Continued on Page 6)
♦took the jurisdiction out of Felt's
^ The case had been set by Judç®
Paul before Judge Stong of Bill
mgs, but Judge Stong was taken
ill at Miles City, Monday, July 6,
as a result of the terrific heat, and
turned back to his home at BH1
mgs, whereupon he notified Judge
Paul bV phone, who then called
Judge Felt.
Judge Stong has again
called to sit on th case August
The action, trial on the merits
of the case filed last fall restrain
ing Callahan from interfering with
taking possession of his farm, now
operated by Art Blose under a
lease from the Union Central Life
Insurance Company. In this case,
the right of possession of the
Callahan farm will be in question.
If it is found that Callahan is en
titled to possession of the faç* 1
the injunction must be denied.
Witnesses for the Insurance
: F. M. Swanson, Fargo, N.

company present from
were: F. M. Swanson,
Dak., C. E. Spurgin. Billings,
Mont. C. J. Espy, Portland, Ore.,
(Continuai on Page 7)
Primary Near
Candidates in
Final Efforts
Big Primary Vote Anticipat
ed In Tuesday Election in
Sheridan County.
Only a few more days intervene
between now and Primary Election
day, Tuesday, July 21st, when the
polls will open at eleven o'clock a.
m. and close at seven o'cock in the
evening. On that day, the voters
wil nominate national, state, and
county candidates on the republi
can and democratic ticket, and
vote on the Court House Bond
Authorization in Sheridan coun
With the day of doom so close
the candidates with opposition took
to the busting in a final effort to
gamer the votes necessary to win
a nomination, resulting in the
campaign taking on increased and
renewed interest. .
All signs point to a very large
primary vote. Even tho many of
the candidates on both tickets are
without opposition, the contestants
there are more spirited than
usual, which very likely will bring
out the largest primary vote in
years. And the Court
Bonding proposal will bring out
the tax payers en mass, for there
re almost unanimously in favor of
building a court house at this time
when it can be constructed at a
reduced cost to the taxpayers, and
when the federal
stands ready to shoulder almost
half of the cost, and they realize
that the building of the court
house will actually reduce their
taxes, because the interest charges
and upkeep and rent on the pre
sent shack used for a court house,
is more yearly than the interest
and payments on the new court
house will be so they want to make
sure that the bond issue is auth
orized. This factor alone will
bring out a huge vote.
It appears that there will be a
bigegr vote than ever for the
candidates on the democratic tick
et. This is disclosed by the number
of candidates on the democratic
ticket, for candidates are always
aîso'from^the^smitjment 4mong
fb workers There is
the fanners and workers, inere is
no ™P« bb can m th,S
section of Montana.
On the republican there is only
one local contest, and that is for
sheriff; Robert Smith and former
county treasurer, Paul Kurtz are
contesting for the nomination. Be
cause Kurtz has been in public
office for a number of years, and
is whispered as the Harry Polk
machine candidate on the republi
can ticket who will be used to de
feat Hans Madsen if he wins the
nomination on the democratic tic
ket, and because Smith is making
a straightforward independent can
vas, it looks is if Smith would win
the nomination. It is said that
Smith will receive the vote at
Medicine Lake this year. If he
does it will insure his nomination,
(Continued on page 5)
* * ♦
* * * * *
All business houses in Plen- *
* tywood will be closed next *
* Tuesday, July 21. election day, *
* from 1 to 6 p. m. *
* At a mass meeting of the *
Plentywood business men on *
was unani- *
* Tuesday night it
18 mously decided that all stores *
* would remain closed that af- *
* temoon, and it ..is ..expected^*
* that all business places will *
* comply with the decision. *
* *
Gov. Elmer Holt
Visits Plentywood
Gov. Elmer Holt was in Plenty
wood an hour or so Tuesday ev
ening, chatting with residents ' of
the city. The Governor drove over
from Scobey on his way to Pop
lar where he was scheduled
speak at a mass meeting.
The governor was accompanied
by Sen. Ted Danielson of Roose
velt county.
Wednesday he was present at an
all day drought meeting at Havre
when and where reports of the
drouth condition in the counties in
the northeastern quarter of the
state was made Friday he
back at the office at the capital.
The Governor's visit, he said,
was not just for campaign pur
poses, but he was also touring
northestem Montana to get first
hand information regarding the
drouth situation. While in Plenty
wood he held a sort of an infor
mal reception, meeting and shak
ing hands with many Plentywood
The Governor in answer to in
County Board Rejects
Project at Comertown
„ .
™he sponsors for all work pro-*
J ects are expected to stand 20 per
cent of the cost of the project..
Sheridan County Commissioners
h d t . ,
possible through ™ad
and b y ridge P levies . ^
that ln order ft mak \ w< ï* fo 5 , as
many as posslble rt should not be
necessary t0 use th heavy motor
' z ®d road machinery, but use her
ses. The WPA has expected / the
County Commissioners to do this
by supplying as many teams as the
WPA will pay for, which has
been closely figured, but the
commissioners feel that this is
waste of money. They want all
they can get for what the county
puts into the job, which i s plenty |
cheap. This may be good business j
if the present crisis did not exist.
They feel that heavy machinery
should be employed.
a few days ago a group of Com- !
ertown farmers appealed to the
commissioners to allow them to set 1
U p a project in their home vicin
it y so that thefy would not have
f rom five to ten miles to go to j
work on the nearest project. j
The commissioners readily a- <
Elect Rank and File
Planning Committee
Member From Every Com
munity To Be Elected By
Precinct Mass Meetings To
Plan Projects And Handle
Sen. James E. Murray
Represented Pv Sons
Over five hundred citizens, men
and women, from every commun
ity in Sheridan county, and from
many communities in Roosevelt
and Daniels Counties, attended the
three county Drought Mass meet
ing sponsored by the Holiday As
sociation and the Farmers Union
at the Farmer-Labor Temple,
Wednesday, July 15th, and mani
fested a spirit which showed that
■ail are alive to the serious famine
situation confronting this area as
a result of the torrid temperature
and long continued drouth.
The meeting elected Andrew
Dahl of the Farmers Union,
Chairman of the meet, and A. N.
Wankel, secretary of the Holi
day Association, secretary.
The meeting was called to or
der by .A N. Wankel, who sta
ted its purpose and called for
the election of a chairman.
The proposal to elect a County
Committee of three to represent
the farmers and workers in pro
posing work projects, to attend to
wage scales and work conditions,
and attend to complaints and
grievances, was made. This proce
dure caused considerable discussion
bringing out a report of the ac
complishments of the old griev
ence committee. Finally the motion
was carried and Marinus Ibsen,
Gonius Laurisen, and Roebrt Lar
son were appointed on this com
( Continued on page 8)
greed to this and sent some of the
farmers to the WPA administra
t1on °" lce *9 have Mr. Olson pre
f ? ^ wi n A ^ co . rdan .<; e with the
h HXld te2 hire bv'
county in the sZierltio L the
WPA which is plenty cheap. When
t!r s was presented, the conunis
sioners balked and refused to siim
it, saying they would have to
the heavy machinery, and later a
g ->ed to put up $800 in the form
o' heavy machinery and raise the
grade this way. By doing this th©
cr ^missioners stopped a lot of
work, and appear to interfer with
the requirements of the WPA.
, By using horses these farmers
would get money for feed and
ccu'd carry their horses through
th e winter with this additional
money, but the commissioners
would sooner buy gas and oil and
grease, and use the big machines,
and let the farmers horses starve
to death, as it is a certain tiling
that with the small wages paid fer
manpower by the WPA, it will be
impossible to save the horses from
starvation as there is little or no
(Continued on Page 7)

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