Hellraisers Journal: Whereabouts and Doings of Mother Jones for September 1907, Found in Park City, Utah

[Old Glory, Our Flag]
-with all its faults, I dearly love,
and under it I stand for international brotherhood,
government ownership and universal equality.
-Mother Jones


Hellraisers Journal, Thursday October 10, 1907
Mother Jones News Round-Up for September, Found in Utah

From The Inter-Mountain Republican of September 2, 1907:

Interesting Program Planned For
Labor Day at Park City.

Republican Special Service.

Mother Jones, Mar 11, 1905, AtR

Park City, Sept. 1.-The Park City Miners’ union, which is in charge of the celebration of Labor day, has completed the arrangements for the event and provided amusement for young and old. The festivities will begin at 9 o’clock in the morning with a parade, in which the union will figure prominently. The fire department and school children, with the Park City military band, will lead the procession.

Prominent in the program will be an address by “Mother” Jones, who is known by all as an earnest worker in the cause of the laboring man. A stand has been erected on the Marsac ground for speakers . Various sports will follow the program….

[Photograph added.]

From The Salt Lake Tribune of September 3, 1907:


Special to The Tribune.

PARK CITY. Sept. 2.-Labor day in Park City was fittingly celebrated. At 9:30 a. m. the parade formed on Main street, at the Miners’ Union hall.

The parade was headed by the Park City fire department, followed by Harry Weist as flag-bearer. Then came the Military band and tho city officers. The members of the Miners’ union, small boys and girls, and, lastly, the “Hoot, Hoot” band.

The line of march was north on Main street to Heber avenue, then south on Park avenue to First street, then north on Main street to the band stand, where in a short address Mr. Langford introduced the speaker of the day, “Mother” Jones, as she is known. “Mother” Jones spoke for one hour and thirty minutes on the “Wealth of the Nation,” and the amount contributed to it by the laboring classes….

From the Richmond Times Dispatch of September 3, 1907:

Notable Jurist Who Lived in
Stirring Times Passes Away

Judge John J. Jackson, Appointed by Lincoln
and Recently Retired, Dies.

[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]

Judge JJ Jackson obit, Tx Richmond VA p2, Sept 3, 1907

WHEELING, W. VA., September 2.-The sudden death at Atlantic City today of former Federal Judge John Jay Jackson, of West Virginia, removes one of the most prominent men West Virginia ever produced. For forty four years he sat upon the Federal bench, a period longer than any other American judge ever served, and surpassing the record of Chief Justice Marshall by many years.

In 1861, when the Virginia judiciary was of the utmost importance in determining the issues of that period, President Lincoln selected John Jackson, then only thirty-seven years of age, for the Western District of Virginia’s District Court, and subsequent events proved that Mr. Lincoln made no mistake. Throughout the trying period of the war Judge Jackson presided with impartiality in his court. Once the sessions were interrupted and his court was forced to flee before the Confederate forces, but the sitting was interrupted for a short time only. During the reconstruction days he achieved a reputation in a border State or fairness.

It was he who settled the disputed titles to most of the land in West Virginia after long years of litigation, and in later years when strike troubles arose in the mining regions he became famous as “The Iron Judge,” because of the firmness with which he dealt with striking miners. He it was who sentenced “Mother Jones” to jail for contempt for violating an injunction, and suspended sentence, taking her to his own home instead of having her imprisoned. He granted the most far-reaching injunctions ever granted up to that time, and won the hatred of labor unions everywhere.

On account of his age, Judge Jackson retired about two years ago, being succeeded by Judge Alston G. Dayton. He was in his eighty-fourth year. He had two brothers, one of whom was Governor of West Virginia and the other sat for twenty years on the bench on the State courts and died in the service. He was a cousin of General Stonewall Jackson, and the son of General John J. Jackson. He was n Whig when appointed, and later a Democrat.


From The Salt Lake Tribune of September 6, 1907:

Park City Notes

Special to the Tribune

PARK CITY, Sept. 5.-[…..]

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Mother Jones was to have delivered an address at the bandstand last night, but on account of the storm the address was given in Dewey theater.


From The Park [City] Record of September 7, 1907:

Interesting Program Successfully Carried
Out Under the Auspices of the
W. F. of M. No. 144

The Labor Day celebration in Park City was carried out as per programme and proved successful and enjoyable in every respect. Ideal weather conditions prevailed, there were large crowds of people on the streets and the local Miners Union, which had the celebration in charge, did itself proud.

The day’s doings commenced with the parade at 9:30 in the morning. The Park City Fire Department, Flag Bearer Weist, the Park City Military Band and a platoon of police headed the long procession of union men, followed by a large number of school children; the line of march including Main street and Park avenue.


The parade broke ranks at the band stand and there an immense crowd listened to the address delivered by Mother Jones, the woman champion of organized labor. Mother Jones, who has had many and varied experiences in the battles of the laboring men, spoke interestingly of conditions as she sees them and expounded her belief as to the proper and best way of bettering present methods. She urged the union men to be union men in casting their votes; to stand for their rights at the ballot box, and to act as they think. In closing she paid a tribute to Old Glory, which, she said,

-with all its faults, I dearly love, and under it I stand for international brotherhood, government ownership and universal equality.

Her discourse was loudly applauded at intervals.


After Mother Jones’ talk the sports for children, races, jumping, etc., were indulged in and, as usual, were taken part by many and proved interesting and amusing…..

From The Inter-Mountain Republican of September 13, 1907:

“Mother Jones at Bingham.

Bingham, Sept. 12.-“Mother” Jones, the expounder of socialism, gave a lecture here in the Union hall to a fair-sized crowd tonight.


From the Appeal to Reason of September 14, 1907:

THE PARTY Socialist Party of Am, AtR, Sept 14, 1907

[News from Locals of the Socialist Party of America]

Ohio– […..]

…..On Aug. 25th the Cincinnati Socialist party gave its annual picnic at Highland Grove, where Mother Jones spoke…..

From The Park Record of September 14, 1907:



Mother Jones addressed a long audience at Miners Union hall Monday night. Her talk was on Socialism and was much enjoyed by those of that political faith……

From The Salt Lake Herald of September 17, 1907:

Addresses a Large Audience on Her
Favorite Theme of Socialism.

(Special to The Herald.)

Bingham, Sept. 16.-“Mother” Jones addressed a large audience at Social hall last night on “Socialism.” She treated the question in her usual fearless manner and had the subject well in hand. This is the second time “Mother” Jones has appeared in Bingham and her talks have proven popular with the masses.


From The Salt Lake Herald of September 26, 1907:

Unjust Discrimination Charged by Joint
Management of Three Companies.



(Special to The Herald.)

Park City, Sept 25.-Three hundred and fifty men, or about all the men employed by the Daly-West in Park City, are out of work today as the result of a vote taken last evening at a special meeting of the local branch of the Western Federation of Miners, and a well organized strike is in progress.

The final act in calling of the strike occurred this morning, when a committee, consisting of John Edenstrom, James Kearns, Tom Sloan, Frank Fineer and J. D. McPhee, went to the works of the Daly-West and notified all the workmen that a strike had been formally declared and requested that none of the members of the union go to work, and the miners to a man went out.

The strike, according to the secretary of the union, Joseph Langford, comes as the result of a multiplicity of causes, the principal one of which is unjust discrimination by the company and its bosses against members of the Western Federation of Miners. According to the union officials, for some time there has been a concerted action on the part of the management with a view of disintegrating the local here. Further, Secretary Langford says that in the matter of the discharge of William Trevenna, a shift boss, the above cause for the strike has been openly acknowledged. It is charged that Trevenna was a shift boss and that he was requested to let his membership in the union go. This he refused to do and as a result he was discharged and a man named Jenkins given his place…

On the whole, the strike is a contest for the recognition of the union…

From The Salt Lake Herald of September 27, 1907:

Situation at Park City Quiet, With
Some Miners Leaving Town.

(Special to The Herald.)

Park City, Sept. 26.-All the striking miners employed by the Daly-West, Daly and Ontario companies will receive checks for the amounts coming to them. The checks will be given out at the Marsac office tomorrow. Notice to this effect was given by Ernest Bamberger today.

Were it not for the idle men no one would guess a strike was in progress. This morning the sheriff brought a deputy from Coalville, but no necessity for the services of either has arisen.

“Mother” Jones appeared in town today and attended a Socialist meeting this evening. The Socialists decided to postpone making nominations for city offices until next week.

A number of miners have already left town and others are going to places where employment can be had.


From The Eureka Reporter of September 27, 1907:

Mother Jones Made Three Speeches Here.

“Mother” Jones addressed a large audience at the Elks Hall last Friday evening. Despite her advanced age being 71 years old the lady is a very interesting character. Her talk was principally along Socialistic lines and even those who differ with her in political belief were forced to admit that she was a pretty intelligent woman. Her description of present social conditions was frequently interrupted by applause from the audience which was made up principally of Socialists.

On Saturday evening Mother Jones addressed the members of the Miners Union and on Sunday afternoon she again spoke to a crowd on Main street.


From The Park Record of September 28, 1907:

To Put Up Ticket-
Adjourn to Thursday Night-Resolutions Read-
Mother Jones Talks.

At the Socialist “Nominating Convention” held at the City Hall Thursday evening, no nominating was done, but nevertheless an interesting meeting was held and considerable interest aroused for the “great cause.” the meeting was well attended, several ladies being noticed among the audience….

After the reading of [the] resolutions, on motion of Mr. Lawrence the nominations of candidates was postponed until next Thursday evening, when a meeting will be held at the Union Hall.


Mother Jones, who came up from the city Thursday was present at the meeting and of course was called upon to speak. She started in by calling down Comrade Lawrence, by telling him that the Socialists did not want men who were seeking offices to get them. They are just the ones we don’t want she said.

Mother roasted one of the Bingham editors who dared to say uncomplimentary things about her, and stated that she is going to that camp again to get that editor’s scalp. We are going to try to keep on the best side of the lady because we would certainly hate to have her say such mean things about us here or any other camp.

Mother talked socialism straight from the shoulder for about twenty minutes; she advised local socialists to put women “councilmen” on their tickets, to study up the class-conflict now in progress, and to stand up for their rights. She warned the workers to look out for Pinkertons, who are found in every camp, and to be careful about getting good, conscientious men on their ticket. She roasted President Roosevelt loudly, together with the existing government generally.

[She said:]

Take it all down, reporter, Teddy fears the socialist ballots more than he does a bullet, a lion or a bear.

At the conclusion of Mother Jones’ remarks, adjournment was taken.




The Inter-Mountain Republican
(Salt Lake, Utah)
-Sept 2, 1907
-Sept 13, 1907

The Salt Lake Tribune
(Salt Lake, Utah)
-Sept 3, 1907
-Sept 6, 1907

The Times Dispatch
(Richmond, Virginia)
-Sept 3, 1907

The Park Record
(Park City, Summit County, Utah)
-Sept 7, 1907
-Sept 14, 1907
-Sept 28, 1907

Appeal to Reason
(Girard, Kansas)
-Sept 14, 1907

The Salt Lake Herald
(Salt Lake City, Utah)
-Sept 17, 1907
-Sept 26 1907
-Sept 27, 1907

The Eureka Reporter
(Eureka, Juab county, Utah)
-Sept 27, 1907

Mother Jones, Mar 11, 1905, AtR


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