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Lake County Past

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

Aug. 1, 1918

Suffrage meeting held last Thursday

A most enthusiastic meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Austin Johnson on Thursday when Mrs. Charles Moller of Minneapolis, secretary of the Minnesota branch of the National Women's Party, spoke on "Woman's fight for Democracy."

Mrs. Moller, who is a most interesting and convincing speak, told how suffrage had evolved from a subject that had been abstractedly discussed at women's club meetings to one of the foremost political issues of the day.

"Suffrage is now endorsed by all the leading political parties of the country," stated Moller, who has been making a tour of the Iron Range-arousing sentiment for the immediate passage of the Federal Suffrage Amendment by the U.S. Senate. "This measure was passed by the House of Representatives Jan. 10, 1918. On that same day a suffrage measure was passed by the British House of Commons. Two weeks later, the House of Lords passed this same bill by an overwhelming majority.

"It is very humiliating to realize that our Senate, by delaying to vote on this suffrage measure has shown itself to be much more reactionary on a principle of fundamental democracy than the House of Lords which we are wont to ridicule.

"Up to date we have only 61 votes pledged our of 63 necessary for a two thirds majority; three-fourths of the Republicans and only half of the Democrats. Our only hope now for immediate action is for President Woodrow Wilson to show his sincerity of belief in suffrage and do what the country has seen him do many times before, go to the Senate, whip his party into line and pass this measure of justice to the women of the country who are so valiantly doing their part in this world struggle."

July 29, 1943

Slot machines are thrown out

Slot machines, which have been universal in taverns, groceries, garages and barber shops for the past few years, were summarily ordered out by Sheriff Alfred L. Anderson and Two Harbors Police Chief John Hanson on Tuesday.

The machines would have been put out two months ago but for the legal opinion given by then-County Attorney Claus C. Monker to Anderson that he need not move unless a formal criminal complaint was lodged. With the ousting of Monker, the newly appointed County Attorney J. Gilbert Jelle advised the sheriff that if he had knowledge of any violation of law it is his duty to proceed according to law and make the complaint on his information.

The responsibility for the removal of the slot machines rests on C.M. Hillman, who has been given the run around by Monker for four months and how transmitted a letter threatening to report them to the governor and "have them removed for malfeasance of office."