Herbert organizes a Farmers Holiday, 1932. 1 of 3

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attended two account composed had the gave two dark 0 the had single for for during Public Meeting to be Held at Court House Friday Evening at Eight. SPEAKER FROM DES MOINES COMING, Garfleld Township Organlied Prominent Men at Head. Everybody Invited. With to totally put the The fire. fire that were have the the liquor It had to absolutely a ] Kossuth county farmers are invited to attend a meeting to be held at the court house Friday evening at eight o'clock for the purpose of organizing a Farmers' Holiday. The meeting Is" called by the Garfield township committee consisting of Herbert Balgeman, Merle Holt, Mike Heiderscheidt, Fred Hanselman and others, the above named being the men who called the first meeting. Ottosen Closed. The committee picketed the roads to Ottosen and the creamery, business houses and elevators are dosed so far as farm produce is concerned. 1 No Violence. Merle Holt, son of the well known, farmer and pioneer, peter Holt, was.a caller today and placed an ad in this paper, calling attention to the meet- Ing. Mr. Holt stated that everything will be done to prevent violence and only earnest persuasion will be used to influence farmers to Join in the movement that is hoped will increase the prices of farm produce. Roads leading into the towns will be picketed by farmers and if, possible the Importation of sympathizers for picketing will,be avoided. ' These men are in earnest in their convictions and- will ask the cooperation of business men and others in their venture. Everybody is Invited to attend this meeting. ' Hnmbnldt County. < Farmers who started for Ottosen on Monday morning were stopped by the plcketers at the edge of the town god were turned home and. It is reported did so or else hauled their cream and produce to towns that were not picketed. * -*----' the the be -was stated,'picketing-would start Friday morning at the close 'of the fair. Webster County. All .highways, and numerous other roads leading into Fort Dodge were blocked by groups of picketers armed with red flags and. where cars would not stop at this signal, heavy logs and nail-studded planks were thrown on She highway. Highway 169 north of j'brt D'odge was blocked'near the Havland orchards and all cars stopped and investigated. Usually the drivers stop tood naturedly but in some cases haoT Feeling has resulted and the cars have- speeded through the lines at ' high- speed. The leaders of the strike say they want no violence and • hope • thafr quiet persuasion will bring about an- understanding lalnd ' results. These- roads are reported as being picketed day and night. A'iVeste .to be Made. Mrs. R. M. Wright, widow of the late Judge Wright, accompanied by her sister and another aged lady were returning from the Humboldt fair and were caused to stop. Mrs. Wright took exceptions to the procedure and swore out a John Doe warrant for the arrest of the plcketers. She said according to the Messenger: • ' "I am past seventy years of age," said Mrs. Wright today. "My husband v/as a district judge in this community for years and I have lived here for forty-two years. When it comes to such a state of affairs that two women traveling along the highway in a law abiding manner cannot do so without being held up, it Is high time something was done. Logs were thrown in front of my car. forcing me to stop. The men engaged in such outrageous conduct seemed to regard it as a joke ,It is malicious mischief and those who did it should be punished." Accidents Occur. Several serious accidents have occurred as a result of the picketing near Fort Dodge. Paul Rlchter, a picketer, stepped in front of an outgoing car east of the city and was knocked to the pavement in an unconscious condition. Elmer Grunther, a mafl carrier accompanied by his mother and a granddaughter of his mother, BettyJean Nichol was driving on the gravel road near Riverdale when his car struck a log that had been placed on the road and was thrown into the ditch Mrs. Gunther was seriously injured it is said. Numerous other minor acd- t dents were reported. The town of Lehlgh was picketed and the sheriff and several deputies were on duty near that place to ward of? trouble. One farmer, who opposes the strike, stated that the leader in that section had worked all night to haul off his hogs before Joining the strikers. Snenopr is said to be thorouRhlv picketed and it is reported that Emmetsburg is also in the strike. Webster County Officers. The board of supervisors in Webster county authorized the sheriff to deputize as many men as he needed to protect motorists entering the city but Tuesday he stated that he had not found it necessary to put on extra men. The county attorney notified the picket captains that it is unlawful to throw nnythine in front of an automobile and the practice must be ceased. Sheriff Waldburger stated to the pickets that the law is absoluetly on the side of the motorist and he had no choice in enforcing the law. He reminded them that anyone convicted of obstructing: (Continued on Back Page.)

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  1. The Algona Upper Des Moines,
  2. 31 Aug 1932, Wed,
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