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Albert McDonald Cole

Albert McDonald Cole
Date: Between 1945 and 1953
This black and white photograph shows Albert McDonald Cole. A lawyer and a county attorney from Jackson County, Kansas. Cole began his political career, in 1941, when he was elected to the Kansas Senate as a representative for the counties of Atchison and Jackson. He served in the legislature until 1945 before successfully being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas' first congressional district, (1945-1953). In his 1952 bid for re-election, Cole was narrowly defeated but the loss was attributed to his support for the construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam. After his career in Kansas politics came to a close, Cole later served during the Eisenhower adminsitration as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency (1953-1959). From 1959 to-1961, he served as vice president of Reynolds Aluminum Service Corp. and president of Reynolds Metals Development Corp.(1961-1967).


Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole

Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Vandahl, Alicia
Date: February 04, 1952
This letter was written by Alicia Vandahl, Randolph, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. She writes in opposition to building Tuttle Creek dam because she believes it will not be just one dam but will lead to 20 to 40 others. She doesn't want Kansas river valleys destroyed and believes the dams won't prevent flooding. She wants the issue studied and asks Cole to wait until the President's Missouri Basin Review Committee completes its study.


G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole

G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Stockwell, Glenn Dale, 1901-1964
Date: August 17, 1951
This is a telegram from Glenn Dale Stockwell, sent from Topeka, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. Stockwell, who was a resident of the Blue River Valley and a leading opponent of the Tuttle Creek dam construction, writes about the record rainfalls and the river discharge figures showing how inadequate the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is for flood control.


H. K. Harper to Representative Albert Cole

H. K. Harper to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Harper, H. K.
Date: February 20, 1948
A letter from H. K. Harper, president of the North Topeka Merchants Association, Topeka, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D. C. Harper writes on behalf of the North Topeka Merchants Association in support of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program and its potential impact on Topeka, Kansas. The association sent John Fernstrom to visit Representative Cole with a plea to support flood control.


J. D. Rogers to Representative Albert Cole

J. D. Rogers to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Rogers, J. D.
Date: August 17, 1951
This is a telegram from J. D. Rogers, Marysville, Kansas to United States Representative Albert Cole. Rogers writes that he is opposed to the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program which he believes will destroy more productive property than it will save. He is in favor of a flood control program that will conserve all productive property in the entire Kansas River watershed.


Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick to Representative Albert Cole

Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Wilson, Joe J.
Date: November 11, 1947
This is a letter from Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick, representing the Chamber of Commerce of Lawrence, Kansas to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. Wilson and Hedrick enclosed a resolution which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce supporting the comprehensive flood control plan developed by the Army Engineers for the Kansas River valley.


Ramona Nelson to Representative Albert Cole

Ramona Nelson to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Nelson, Ramona
Date: December, 1948
This is a letter from Ramona Nelson, Cleburne, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. and Rep. Cole's response to her. He indicates that he is opposed to the building of Tuttle Creek dam. Nelson, a student at Cleburne High School, writes about her opposition to Tuttle Creek dam. She believes building little dams above the Blue Valley would be better than one large dam and would preserve farm lands.


The Tuttle Creek story

The Tuttle Creek story
Creator: Blue Valley Film Committee
Date: Between 1954 and 1956
The people of the Blue River Valley in Kansas produced this short film as part of their campaign against the construction of a dam and reservoir on the Big Blue River in the Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas, north of Manhattan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a series of flood control projects in the Missouri River basin beginning in the late 1930s. The Pick-Sloan plan authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1944 called for a series of large dams and levees on rivers in the basin. The film argues that the large flood control measures proposed by the Corps of Engineers are unnecessary and ineffectual and flood prevention methods through small retention dams in individual watersheds are less invasive and more effective. Despite heavy local opposition, construction of the Tuttle Creek dam began in 1952 and it became fully operational by July 1962. The dam displaced 3000 people and ten towns including Stockdale, Randolph, Winkler, Cleburne, Irving, Blue Rapids, Shroyer, Garrison, Barrett, and Bigelow.


Winfield Daily Courier

Winfield Daily Courier
Creator: Winfield Daily Courier
Date: March 19, 1958
This is the front page of the Winfield Daily Courier, March 19, 1958. One headline reads "President Orders Anti-Recession Work Speedup" in which President Eisenhower ordered additional spending for construction and rural electrification projects in conversations with Albert M. Cole, chief of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, and a state representative from Kansas who grew up in Topeka and Sabetha.


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