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A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin

A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin
Creator: Campbell, A. B.
Date: April 9, 1886
Adjutant General Colonel A. B. Campbell of Parsons, Kansas, writes Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka. He informs the governor that citizens are putting together a force of fifty special police to respond to striking railroad workers. Railroad employees at Parsons were striking and the governor granted permission to provide citizens with arms to keep the peace.


A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin

A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin
Creator: Campbell, A. B.
Date: April 4, 1886
The Kansas adjutant general at Parsons sends a telegram to Governor John Martin of Topeka asking the governor for permission to furnish the mayor of Parsons with one hundred guns to preserve peace in the city. A strike of railroad workers on the Missouri Pacific Railroad at Parsons led company and city officials to ask the governor to arm citizens and for call out the militia.


An address to the employees of the Missouri Pacific Railway Co.

An address to the employees of the Missouri Pacific Railway Co.
Creator: Hoxie, H.M.
Date: March 8, 1886
In this address, H.M. Hoxie, First Vice President of the Union Pacific Railway Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, informs the employees of events that have led up to the strike involving several railway systems throughout the country. On December 16, 1885, the United States Court took possession of the Texas and Pacific Railway making the employees of the railroad employees of the agents of the court. In March, 1886 these employees inaugurated a strike and the Knights of Labor notified superintendents of the railroads down the line that they would appoint and place their own watchmen to protect railroad property from loss and damage.


Business men, property owners to Governor John Martin

Business men, property owners to Governor John Martin
Creator: Kansas Community Leaders
Date: March 26, 1886
In this telegram, business men and property owners from several Kansas communities plead with the governor to issue a proclamation to resume traffic on all rail lines operated by the Missouri Pacific Railway Company during the railroad strike of 1886.


C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin

C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin
Creator: Woodward, C.B.
Date: March 13, 1886
Labette County sheriff, C.B. Woodward, tells Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka he is unable to control the strikers who have captured the train engines by force. He is requesting military support. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Colonel A. B. Campbell to Governor John Martin

Colonel A. B. Campbell to Governor John Martin
Creator: Campbell, A. B.
Date: March 31, 1886
Kansas adjutant general Colonel A. B. Campbell writes to Kansas governor John Martin concerning striking railroad workers. The state militia had been called into service as a result of disruption of train service and alleged threats to public safety. Campbell explains that the "statements in the telegrams of the Mayor and Sheriff are not overdrawn. The sheriff was slapped in the face and spit upon. The mob undertook to drag Kimball from the engine and but for the timely arrival of the train of passengers and mail, there would have been a furious assault." Railroad strikers refused to allow freight trains to run following information received from Texas where several striking workers had not been rehired in that state, thus violating conditions of the strike. Federal and state law prohibited interruption of passenger and mail cars leaving freight cars vulnerable during the strike.


Correspondence to David Kelso from Governor John Martin

Correspondence to David Kelso from Governor John Martin
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 13, 1886
In this correspondence, Governor Martin tells David Kelso, attorney, that the sheriff of Labette County must exhaust all the civil powers of his office before military support can be sent.


Draft basis of settlement

Draft basis of settlement
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889: Martin)
Date: March 1886
This document from Kansas Governor John Martin's correspondence may have been written by the Knights of Labor and outlines eleven demands termed the "basis of settlement" for strike negotiations. The railroad strike of 1886 resulted from failed negotiations between railroad management, mechanics, and shop workers dating back to October 1884 when workers were notified of a 10% pay reduction. This made them the lowest paid railroad workers in the tristate area (Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas). A few months later, hours were also reduced. Workers argued they could not support their families.


F.E. Shaw to Governor John Martin

F.E. Shaw to Governor John Martin
Creator: Shaw, F.E.
Date: March 26, 1886
F.E. Shaw, Sheriff of Atchison County, writes Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka regarding striking railroad workers. Shaw states that he will protect the railroad property that belongs to the city and county if the railway company will supply men to do the work necessary to get the trains running. The railroad strike of 1886 occurred after reports of layoffs affecting Missouri Pacific workers in Texas reached the railroad engineers and shop workers in Kansas. Although the governor had been successful in negotiating the end of an earlier strike in 1885, problems continued and public support waned.


F. H. Belton to Governor John Martin

F. H. Belton to Governor John Martin
Creator: Belton, F.H.
Date: April 12, 1886
Railroad commissioner F.H. Belton writes to Kansas Governor Martin of Topeka from Kansas City, Missouri. Belton tells Governor Martin that there are a number of laborers at work at Cypress yards, and a lot of "green switch men, but skilled mechanics are very scare". Concerned about disorder and lack of progress during the strike of 1886, Belton reports "out of order" cars are rapidly accumulating on the side tracks. Few section men are at work. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Frances Elizabeth Willard to Governor John Martin

Frances Elizabeth Willard to Governor John Martin
Creator: Willard, Frances Elizabeth, 1839-1898
Date: March 13, 1888
Educator and reformer Frances Elizabeth Willard of Evanston, Illinois, writes Governor John Martin of Topeka, Kansas, requesting information on the effect the woman's vote in municipal elections has had on enforcing prohibition. Miss Willard's letter follows a newly enacted Kansas law giving women equal suffrage in municipal elections (1887). Willard is specifically interested in the relation between the woman's vote and the election of effective enforcing officers. Women did not achieve full suffrage in Kansas until 1912. As this letter demonstrates, the women's suffrage issue was closely associated with prohibition. Miss Willard was president of the Woman's National Christian Temperance Union. See Mrs. G. Monroe to Governor John Martin, February 11, 1887.


Frank H. Belton letter to Governor John Martin

Frank H. Belton letter to Governor John Martin
Creator: Belton, F.H.
Date: March 12, 1886
Frank Belton, railroad commissioner, writes to Governor Martin informing him of his visit to the Knights of Labor union meeting. Governor Martin had received several telegrams from local authorities claiming strikers were difficult to control and becoming involved in violent behaviors related to the strike. In this letter, Commissioner Belton notes "everything was quiet and orderly, the property of the company is guarded night and day by the strikers."


G. B. Woodford to Governor John Martin

G. B. Woodford to Governor John Martin
Creator: Woodward, C.B.
Date: April 1, 1886
In this letter, the local authorities of Labette County, Kansas, plead with Kansas governor John Martin for militia support to preserve order in Parsons during the railroad strike of 1886. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


George W. Espey to Governor John A. Martin

George W. Espey to Governor John A. Martin
Date: March 30, 1887
George W. Espey, an agent of the Palace Drug Store in Ashland, Kansas, writes to Governor John A. Martin in Topeka asking whether he must quit selling alcohol because the county clerk does not have the proper affidavit form for him to fill out to renew his license. Espey asks for a prompt reply because the county attorney has stopped him from doing business.


Governor John A. Martin to the Honorable Board of Railroad Commissioners

Governor John A. Martin to the Honorable Board of Railroad Commissioners
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 10, 1885
Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka writes to the Kansas Board of Railroad Commissioners concerning "very serious troubles have arisen at Atchison and Parsons between the Missouri Pacific Railway company and certain of its employees." Railroad workers were on strike and the governor has just received word that a mob has taken control of the trains.


Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: April 5, 1886
Kansas Governor John A. Martin of Topeka telegrams Adjutant General Colonel A. B. Campbell of Parsons about conditions in Parsons during the 1886 Missouri Pacific Railway Strike. Colonel Campbell has written the governor asking permission to provide arms for the citizens of Parsons to protect the peace. In this telegram, Governor Martin asks the Colonel if it would "be better for the citizens to organize a militia company under command of Major Kniffin or some other experienced officer?"


Governor John Martin to Colonel A. B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A. B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: April 14, 1886
In this letter, Kansas Governor John Martin is asking Colonel Campbell to travel to Parsons, Kansas, to determine if military support is necessary to control unrest related to the railroad strike. Governor Martin has been sympathetic with the strikers and urges the Colonel to find a peaceful settlement. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 15, 1886
In this telegram to Colonel Campbell, Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka responds to a request for militia units at Parsons, Kansas, to help maintain order during a strike of railroad workers. The governor does not favor using the militia except in the "direst necessity." He asks Colonel Campbell to insist that the sheriff and people of Labette County, Kansas, preserve the peace. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 31, 1886
Kansas Governor John Martin updates the adjutant general on negotiations between the Knights of Labor Union and the railroads. In this letter, the governor reports that the Knights of Labor issued an order for the strikers to return to work and that a settlement for the strike is underway.


Governor John Martin to Colonel B.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel B.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: April 2, 1886
Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka writes to the adjutant general with detailed instructions on how to proceed when calling the state militia into active service. The Sheriff of Labette County and the Mayor of Parsons, Kansas, requested the militia presence in response to striking railroad workers. The governor had been notified of disturbances in Parsons related to the 1886 railroad strike which the governor believed to be settled. In this letter, the governor clearly states "The purpose to be subserved is not to make war upon citizens, but to aid the civil authorities of the county of Labette and the city of Parsons, in preserving peace and order?"


Governor John Martin to Governor John Marmaduke

Governor John Martin to Governor John Marmaduke
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 17, 1886
In this telegram, Kansas Governor John Martin asks Missouri Governor John Marmaduke to join him in being a mediator in ending the railroad strike. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Governor John Martin to the sheriffs, county attorneys and other peace officers of the State of Kansas

Governor John Martin to the sheriffs, county attorneys and other peace officers of the State of Kansas
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 25, 1886
In this draft letter, Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka calls upon local county and city officials to discharge their duties to preserve the peace, protect property and see that commerce of the state is not interrupted by violence or lawless acts. This activity takes place during the railroad strike of 1886 where strike activities have led to a serious disruption of community and business life. Although the governor had been hesitant to draft a proclamation condemning the disruption, numerous petitions from private citizens and local officials across the state ultimately forced his hand.


H. Butterfield to Governor John A. Martin

H. Butterfield to Governor John A. Martin
Date: July 10, 1885
H. Butterfield of Salem, Jewell County, Kansas, writes to Governor John A. Martin in Topeka with a list of questions about the recently amended alcohol prohibition law regulating the sale of alcohol by druggists. Butterifeld asks whether any person can sign a prescription for alcohol, whether a druggist has a right to sell alcohol to someone the druggist knows will get drunk, what can be done when the county offices will not prosecute violations of the law, whether a minor has a right to a permit as a druggist to sell alcohol, and whether a billiard hall saloon that remains open on Sundays can be declared a nuisance and prosecuted under the law. Butterfield concludes by expressing his support for prohibition and asking for better enforcement of the law.


H.M. Hoxie to Governor John Martin

H.M. Hoxie to Governor John Martin
Creator: Hoxie, H.M.
Date: March 9, 1885
Missouri Pacific Railway workers were on strike. A mob had taken control of all operations in Atchison and Parsons, Kansas. The third vice president of the Missouri Pacific railroad, H. M. Hoxie of St. Louis, Missouri, writes Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka demanding militia support. "We have called on the City and County Authorities for protection at Atchison; but so far it has not been given.."


H.M. Hoxie to J.B. Van Dyne

H.M. Hoxie to J.B. Van Dyne
Creator: Hoxie, H. M.
Date: May 18, 1885
In this telegram, Missouri Pacific Railway Company vice president H. M. Hoxie of St. Louis, Missouri, asks J.B. Van Dyne, of Sedalia, Missouri, if he has discharged any men for participating in the railroad strike. Strikers in Parsons, Kansas, refused to return to work after hearing men who participated in the strike in Texas had been let go.


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