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Governor Jonathan Davis to Paul Sifton

Governor Jonathan Davis to Paul Sifton
Creator: Davis, Jonathan McMillan, 1837-1893
Date: February 8, 1923
Paul Sifton with the United News of Kansas City, Missouri, contacts Kansas Governor Jonathan Davis of Topeka, Kansas, requesting a five hundred word statement on problems with the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations. The Governor campaigned on a platform to abolish the industrial court that had proven to be unpopular with many Kansas residents. The Governor writes in reply to the request "that it seems to not have engaged the mutual confidence of both employer and employee. The so-called court cannot enforce its decrees save through the civil courts, nor could it be properly clothed with power to do so." The Kansas Court of Industrial Relations was created in 1920 to mediate between labor and industry. The court was abolished in 1925.


Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange

Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange
Creator: Davis, Jonathan McMillan, 1871-1943
Date: December 1, 1923
Governor Jonathan Davis of Topeka (Shawnee County) writes the Butler County Pamona Grange in response to its resolutions condemning county road construction in Butler County. The Governor quotes his correspondence with the State Highway Engineer L. R. Tillotson who states that the state Highway Commission has no authority over county commissions. The engineer suggests the grange work to stop further petitions to the county commission for additional roads. See L. R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Davis, November 30, 1923.


J.J. Bulger to Governor Jonathan M. Davis

J.J. Bulger to Governor Jonathan M. Davis
Creator: Bulgar, J.J.
Date: June 22, 1923
In this letter J.J. Bulgar of Wichita, Kansas, summarizes events leading to the creation of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations, the Kansas Supreme Court decision upholding the Industrial Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared the Kansas law unconstitutional. In the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Chief Justice William Howard Taft argued that the Kansas law "curtails the right of the employer on the one hand, and the employee on the other, to contract about their own affairs."


L.R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis

L.R. Tillotson to Governor Jonathan Mcmillan Davis
Creator: Tillotson, L. R.
Date: November 30, 1923
State Highway Engineer, Capt. L. R. Tillotson, writes the Governor regarding some opposition to county road construction in Butler County. Tillotson encloses two resolutions from the Butler County Pomona Grange opposing what its members consider needless road construction. The resolutions argue that the building of hard surface roads primarily for "city autoists" have created an unnecessarily high tax burden on the farmers which is driving them to bankruptcy and ask the Governor for assistance. The resolutions call for a halt to all road construction in Butler County until a gasoline tax can be levied for road building. A newspaper clipping from the Wichita Beacon is also enclosed regarding Butler County road construction between El Dorado (Butler County) and Wichita (Sedgwick County), the south-central urban core. See Governor Jonathan Davis to Butler County Pomona Grange, December 1, 1923.


Lloyd Kistler to Governor Jonathan Davis

Lloyd Kistler to Governor Jonathan Davis
Creator: Kistler, Lloyd K.
Date: February 12, 1923
In this letter written in Bunker Hill, Kansas, Mr. Kistler congratulates the newly elected governor on his promise to abolish the Industrial Court. Kistler, a farmer in western Kansas, tells the governor how he took up a homestead in Marshall County, Kansas, in 1869, and how over the years his political views have changed.


Mexican Consul to Governor Jonathan M. Davis

Mexican Consul to Governor Jonathan M. Davis
Date: September 19, 1924
A five-page telegram from the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Missouri to Governor Jonathan M. Davis in Topeka, Kansas. The consul expresses concern over a report of four Mexican boys being barred from the Major Hudson School in the Rosedale community of Kansas City, Kansas, because other students threaten to stop attending classes if the Mexican children are allowed to attend. He says a mob of two hundred children and adults shouted abusive language until a teacher, Margaret Jones, called the police. The consul asks that the governor investigate the situation.


Petition to Governor Jonathan Davis from residents of Newton, Kansas

Petition to Governor Jonathan Davis from residents of Newton, Kansas
Creator: Patrick, W.L.
Date: February 9, 1923
Citizens of Newton, Kansas write to Governor Davis seeking repeal of the Court of Industrial Relations Law. In this petition, citizens of Newton, referring to the Industrial Court Law state, "in the opinion of undersigned, the best interests of the public at large would be best served by repeal of the aforementioned law." In seeking the position of Governor in the state of Kansas, Davis campaigned to abolish the Court of Industrial Relations. Numerous letters and petitions such as this were received holding him to his promise.


T.A. Noftzger to Governor Jonathan Davis, Court of Industrial Relation

T.A. Noftzger to Governor Jonathan Davis, Court of Industrial Relation
Creator: Noftzger, T.A.
Date: November 24, 1922
Attorney T.A. Noftzger writes to Governor Davis, who has just been elected Governor of the state of Kansas on a campaign promise that he will abolish the Court of Industrial Relations. In this letter, attorney Noftzger provides strategies, the Governor might employ in fulfilling this goal. "The real objection" he writes, "are not that injustice is done to labor or that injustice is done to capital. The objection which I think should be emphasized is contrary to the fundamental principles of civil government and civil rights for which our ancestors have fought?"


United Mine Workers of America resolution pardoning of Alex Howat

United Mine Workers of America resolution pardoning of Alex Howat
Creator: United Mine Workers of America
Date: January 5, 1923
John Morgan and James Hunter of Arma, Kansas, were leaders of the United Mine Workers of America Local Union 3962. In this resolution they ask Kansas governor Jonathon Davis to "right the wrong that was committed by the Industrial Court Law" by pardoning Alex Howat, August Dorchy, Willard Titus, John Fleming Sr, James McIlwrath and Hearl Maxwell from the county jail in Girard. All of these men protested the creation of the Court of Industrial Relations and refused to follow rules set forth by the court, and were subsequently jailed. During his run for governor, Davis opposed the Court of Industrial Relations and campaigned that if elected he would work to abolish the court. The Industrial Court was created in a special session of the Kansas legislature in 1920 to oversee labor disputes in the state.


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