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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history about a visit to Logan by United Mine Workers of America officials in 1925. The story is dated August 28, 1925.


Are Worried of the Dangers of Constitution Tampering; Urged to Watch Coming Sessions of Congress

Wednesday’s luncheon of the Rotary Club proved not only important but decidedly interesting and enjoyable. Rev. W.S. Bradshaw, of Alcolu, S.C., formerly pastor of the First Baptist church of this city, told convincingly of his mammoth potatoes and wonderful chickens and then in a more serious vein commented on action taken by the Chamber of Commerce in connection with the visit here of the United Mine Workers officials and also warned against constitution tampering and asked that much thought be given the proposed child labor amendment and education bill coming before the next session of Congress. Miss Elizabeth Thurmond and Miss Marrella Downs were guests of the club at luncheon. Dr. C.B. Morris was in charge of the boy’s work program for the day.

The following resolutions were presented and unanimously adopted:

“We the Rotary Club of Logan condemn the sporadic attempts of the United Mine Workers of America to unionize the Logan field as the pernicious efforts of non-West Virginians to disturb the stability of our industry to the advantage of other coal-producing states; we further condemn the activities of the United Mine Workers of America as inimical to the public good and delusive to the workers whose espousal of the unionist cause results in unemployment, destitution and misery.

“We pledge ourselves whole-heartedly and unreservedly to the maintenance of the business integrity of our community and of the economic position of our citizens against the assaults of industrial parasites.”


R.B. Hayes, President

W.H. Moss, Secretary