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of the Elwell road law; against street railway bill, but also
against semi-monthly pay day; against civil service repeal
and the boxing bill; voted against the bill to prohibit the
Mayo affiliation.

LEONARD H. NORD, International Falls, Koochiching
and Beltrami Counties. Head of the Enger-Nord Realty Co.
of Minneapolis, International Falls and Fort Francis, On-
tario; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; against all temper-
ance laws, equal suffrage, repeal of Elwell law and easy
amendment of the constitution, but for initiative and refer-
endum; for street railway Jrill, civil service repeal, and the
boxing bill; against Mayo affiliation; was absent and did not
votte on semi-monthly pay day, but was supposed to favor
the bill.

D. P. O'NEIL, .Thief River Falls, Pennington, Red Lake
and Clearwater Counties. Farmer, first elected to the legis-
lature by the Farmers' Alliance in 1892 from Big Stone
County, member of the house 1893-1899-1911-13, refused the
patronage deal; for Benson for president pro tern.; for county
option and the anti-road house bill, but against prohibition;



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for equal suffrage, semi-monthly pay day, repeal of Blwell
road law, easy amendment of constitution, initiative and refer-
endum; against repeal of civil service, but for street rail-
way bill and boxing bill; against the bill to prohibit the
Mayo affiliation.

CHARLES N. ORR, Tenth and Eleventh Wards, St.
Paul. Lawyer, had an excellent record for two terms in the
House; for Benson for president pro tern., for county option
and all temperance laws except statutory prohibition; for
equal suffrage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative
and referendum but against semi-monthly pay day and repeal
of Elwell road law; against street railway bill, civil service
repeal and boxing bill; voted against the bill to prohibit the
Mayo affiliation.

FRANK L. PALMER, Southeast part of Minneapolis.
Real estate dealer, had an excellent record for two terms
in the house; for Benson for president pro tern., for county
option and all temperance laws, equal suffrage, semi-monthly
pay day, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and
referendum, but opposed repeal of the Elwell road law;
against street railway bill, civil service repeal, and the box-
ing bill; voted against the bill to prohibit Mayo affiliation.

JOHN W. PAULY, Northwest part of Minneapolis. Cigar
manufacturer, member of the Senate in 1911-13; for Sullivan
for president pro tern.; against all temperance laws, equal
suffrage, Elwell road law repeal, easy amendment of the con-
stitution, but for initiative and referendum and semi-monthly
pay day; for street railway bill, civil service repeal and boxing
bill, but opposed Mayo affiliation.

E. P. PETERSON, Litchfield, Meeker Co. Lawyer, had
an excellent record for four years in the Senate; refused to
enter the patronage combine; for Benson for president pro
tern.; for county option and all temperance laws, equal suf-
frage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and
referendum, repeal of Elwell road law, and semi-monthly pay
day; for the street railway bill, but against civil service
repeal; against the boxing bill, but also against the bill to
prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

F. H. PETERSON, Moorhead, Clay and Wilkin Counties.
Lawyer, had an excellent record in the Senate in 1907 and
1909; refused to enter the patronage combine; for Benson for
president pro tern. ; leader of the county option forces ; for all
temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of the con-
stitution, initiative and referendum, Elwell road law repeal
and semi-monthly pay day bill; against street railway bill,
civil service repeal and the boxing bill; voted against the bill
to prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

GEO. M. PETERSON, Western part of Duluth. Agent
for Retail Merchants' Association, and particularly interested
in bills proposed by the Retail Grocers' Association; for Sul-
livan for president pro tern.; against county option, prohibi-
tion, equal suffrage, easy amendment of the constitution and
Elwell road law repeal, but voted for initiative and refer-
endum and semi-monthly pay day; for the street railway bill
and the boxing bill, but opposed the Mayo affiliation; did not
vote on the anti-road house bill nor on civil service repeal.



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L. E. POTTER, Springfield, Brown and Redwood Counties.
Farmer; refused the patronage deal; for Benson for presi-
dent pro tern., for county option and all temperance laws, ex-
cept statutory prohibition, for equal suffrage, initiative and
referendum and repeal of Elwell road law; for easy amend-
ment of the constitution, but against semi-monthly pay day;
against the street railway bill, the boxing bill and civil service
repeal; voted against the bill to prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

FRANK E. PUTNAM, Blue Earth, Faribault Co. Lawyer;
elected unopposed; serving his fourth term in the Senate;
for Sullivan for president pro tern.; for county option and
all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of the
constitution, initiative and referendum; for the street railway
bill but against civil service repeal; against the boxing bill
but voted against prohibiting the Mayo affiliation; against
semi-monthly pay day and did not vote on repeal of Elwell
law; the very capable chairman of judiciary committee.

JOHN B. RIES, Shakopee, Scott and Carver Counties.
Bottling business; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; against
all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of the
constitution, initiative and referendum and semi-monthly pay
day, but voted for repeal of Elwell road law; for the street
railway bill, civil service repeal, boxing bill and against
Mayo affiliation.

A. J. ROCKNE, Zumbrota, Goodhue Co. Lawyer, mem-
ber of the House 1903-5-7-9, in the Senate 1911-13; for
Benson for president pro tern.; against county option; for
the anti-road house bill and constitutional prohibition, but
opposed statutory prohibition; against equal suffrage but
for semi-monthly pay day, easy amendment of the constitu-
tion, initiative and referendum and repeal of Elwell road law;
against the street railway bill, and the boxing bill; voted
against the bill prohibiting the Mayo affiliation and did not
vote on tb,e civil service repeal. As chairman of the Fin-
ance Committee Mr. Rockne is largely responsible for sav-
ing over a million of dollars in the appropriations.

EDWARD RUSTAD, Wheaton, Traverse, Big Stone, Grant
and Stevens Counties. Elected unopposed; lawyer, member
of the Senate 1911-13; refused patronage deal; for Benson for
president pro tern.; for county option and all temperance
laws except statutory prohibition, for equal suffrage, easy
amendment of the constitution, initiative and referendum
and repeal of Elwell road law, but was against the semi-
monthly pay day; for the street railway bill, but against
the boxing bill, the Mayo affiliation and civil service repeal.

J. A. RYSTROM, North Branch, Chisago and Pine
Counties. Manager North Branch Milling Company; for Ben-
son for president pro tern.; for county option and all temper-
ance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of the constitu-
tion, initiative and referendum and repeal of the Elwell road
law, but opposed the semi-monthly pay day; against street
railway bill, civil service repeal, boxing bill and Mayo affili-
ation.

OLE O. SAGENG, Dalton, Otter Tail Co. Farmer; mem-
ber of the Senate since 1906; leader against patronage com-
bine; f&r Benson for president pro tern.; for county option



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and all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of
the constitution, initiative and referendum, semi-monthly pay
day and repeal of the Elwell road law; against the street rail-
way bill, civil service repeal and boxing bUl; one of the
authors of the bill prohibiting the Mayo affiliation, but with-
drew his support of the bill when the regents passed a reso-
lution to the effect that they would make no permanent
affiliation.

JOHN STEFFEN, Pipestone, Pipestone, Murray and Lin-
coln Counties. Farmer; for Sullivan for president pro tern;
against all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment
of the constitution, initiative and referendum, but voted for
the semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell road law;
for civil service repeal, boxing bill and Mayo affiliation, but
against the street railway bill.

GEORGE H. SULLIVAN, Stillwater, Washington Co.
Lawyer; member of the Senate since 1908; leader of the
patronage deal, and successful candidate of the combine for
president pro tern.; was against county option of any kind,
and all other temperance laws; against equal suffrage, easy
amendment of the constitution and semi-monthly pay day,
but did vote for initiative and referendum after he had suc-
ceeded in spoiling it; for repeal of Elwell road law; voted
for the street railway bill and civil service repeal, but op-
posed both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation.

JOHN D. SULLIVAN, Benton Co., City of St. Cloud and
East end of Stearns Co. Lawyer; member of the Senate
1911-13; elected unopposed from a very wet district; for Sul-
livan for president pro tern. ; against county option, yet led
the fight for an amendment to force liquor onto all parts of
a coutity if it voted wet; against all temperance laws, equal
suffrage, easy amendment of the constitution, and semi-
monthly pay day, but voted for initiative and referendum and
repeal of the Elwell road law; for civil service repeal, but
against both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation; did not
vote on the street railway bill.

C. L. SWENSON, Albert Lea, Freeborn Co. Banker; for
Sullivan for president pro tern.; against county option, but
voted for anti-road house bill; opposed equal suffrage, semi-
monthly pay day and easy amendment of the constitution, but
voted for initiative and referendum and repeal of Elwell road
law; for the street railway bill, but opposed civil service re-
peal and both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation.

GEORGE A. TURNHAM, Long Lake, Hennepin Co. Road
and bridge contractor; for Benson for president pro tern.; for
county option and all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy
amendment of the constitution, initiative and referendum,
semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell road law, but
favored the street railway bill, civil service repeal, the box-
ing bill and opposed the Mayo affiliation.

PETER VAN HOVEN, Fifth and Sixth Wards, St. Paul.
Meat packer; member of the Senate 1911-13; for several years
member of St. Paul board of public works; for Sullivan for
president pro tern.; against all temperance laws, equal suffrage,



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easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and referendum
and repeal of Elwell road law; but was for the semi-monthly
pay day; for the street railway bill, civil service repeal, boxing
bill, and against the Mayo affiliation.

J. I. VERMILYA, Dover, Olmstead Co. Farmer; refused
patronage combine; for Benson for president pro tern.; for
county option and all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy
amendment of the constitution, initiative and referendum,
semi-monthly pay day, and leader of the forces for the repeal
of the Elwell road law; against the street railway bill, civil
service repeal and the boxing bill; voted against the bill to
prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

FRED D. VIBERT, Cloquet, Carlton and Aitkin Counties.
Editor "Pine Knot"; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; for
county option and the anti-road house bill, and equal suffrage;
aganist prohibition, easy amendment of the constitution, semi-
monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell road law; for the
street railway bill, but opposed civil service repeal; for both
the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation; for initiative and
referendum.

CARL L. WALLACE, Eighth Ward, Minneapolis. Law-
yer and real estate dealer; member of the House 1899-1901-
1905-1909 and Senate 1911-13; for Sullivan for president pro
tern. ; for county option, anti-road house bill and equal suffrage,
but opposed prohibition, semi-monthly pay day, repeal of the
Elwell road law and easy amendment of the constitution, but
did vote for initiative and referendum; for the street railway
bill, but against civil service repeal and the boxing bill, also
against the bill to prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

ALBERT L. WARD, Fairmount, Martin and Cottonwood
Counties. Banker; elected unopposed; for Sullivan for presi-
dent pro tern.; supported county option, but opposed prohibi-
tion and the anti-road house bill; opposed equal suffrage and
easy amendment of the constitution; favored the semi-monthly
pay day, Elwell road law repeal and initiative and referendum;
for the street railway bill, but against civil service repeal;
fought the bo.xing bill most bitterly, but refused to support
the bill to prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

HARRY F. WEIS, Le Sueur, Le Sueur Co. Banker; mem-
ber of the Senate since 1906; delegate to national Democratic
convention in 1912; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; against
all temperance laws, equal suffrage, semi-monthly pay day and
easy amendment of the constitution, but for initiative and
referendum; for the street railway bill and civil service
repeal; against both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation;
did not vote on the repeal of the Elwell law.

E. J. WESTLAKE, Fifth and Sixth Wards, Minneapolis
Insurance; member of House 1913; for Sullivan for president
pro tern.; against equal suffrage and all temperance legisla-
tion; fathered the bill to increase passenger rates, and was
always lined up on the side of the special interests; against
semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell law; against
easy amendment of the constitution, but voted for the initia-
tive and referendum; for the street railway bill, but against
civil service repeal; for the boxing bill and Mayo affiliation.



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IN THE HOUSE.

Some of the questi'ons came up in different form.

I. County option and prohibition were practically the
same as in the Senate.

II. The test on the road house bill was over the ques-
tion whether it should come to a vote at all. Those who
fought all day to prevent this can hardly be called friends
of the bill, even tho they did vote for it on final passage.

III. The boxing bill was the same in the House, but the
Mayo affiliation was not tied up with it there as it was in
the Senate.

IV. Here the initiative and referendum bill presented a
plain, simple issue between a good bill or none at all. Only
twelve reactionaries said none at all.

V. Civil service repeal, the Elwell road law repeal, the
street railway bill and the semi-monthly pay day presented
about the same problems in both houses.

VI. The question of equal suffrage in the House was
quite different not to submit it to the voters, but to em-
power women to vote for presidential electors and at the
presidential preference primary.

VII. The speakership was perhaps as good a test as any.

ELMER E. ADAMS, Fergus Palls, Otter Tail Co. Banker;
for twenty -eight years editor Fergus Falls journal; engaged
also in flour milling and jobbing business; member of the
House 1905-7-9; for Gordon for speaker; for county option,
state-wide prohibition and the abolition of all road houses; for
woman's suffrage and against repeal of civil service; for the
boxing bill and against semi-monthly pay day; excused and
absent when Elwell road law repeal was voted on; against
the Guilford amendments and for the street railway bill; a
member who always had to be shown.

A. V. ANDERSON, Goodhue, Goodhue Co. Farmer; mem-
ber of the House in 1911; for Gordon for speaker; for county
option, prohibition and the abolition of road houses, equal
suffrage, initiative and referendum, semi-monthly pay day and
repeal of Elwell road law; against the boxing bill and repeal
of civil service; for the Guilford amendments to the street
railway bill and against the bill.

S. D. BAKER, Chatfield, Fillmore Co. Fanner; member
of the House in 1911; for Flowers for speaker, tho elected
on a temperance platform; against county option, tho his
campaign cards contained the words "I am for county option";
for prohibition, but did not vote on the road house bill ; against
equal suffrage, but for semi-monthly pay day and repeal of
Elwell road law; for repeal of civil service, but did not vote
on the boxing bill; against the Guilford amendments and for
the street railway bill.

C. H. BALDWIN, Beaver Creek, Rock Co. Farmer; for
Flowers for speaker; against county option and prohibition,
but for the anti-road house bill, equal suffrage and repeal of
Elwell road law; not voting on semi-monthly pay day; for



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the boxing bill and civil service repeal; against the street
railway bill.

JOSEPH BARTBN, Belle Plairie, Scott Co. Farmer;
elected from a district strongly opposed to county option and
equal suffrage; member of the House in 1913; for Flowers for
speaker; against county option and prohibition; did not vote
on the road house bill, but voted to prevent its coming to a
vote; against equal suffrage, but for semi-monthly pay day
and repeal of Elwell road law; for civil service repeal, but
against the street railway T)ill ; did not vote on the boxing bill.

C. M. BENDIXEN, Morgan, Redwood Co. Farmer; mem-
ber of the House in 1907-9-13; for Gordon for speaker; author
of a bill forbidding railroads from charging more than 2 cents
a mile for passenger fares; for semi-monthly pay day; for
county option and all temperance laws except statutory pro-
hibition; for equal suffrage and repeal of Elwell road law;
for civil service repeal, but against the boxing bill; for the
Guilford amendments, but did not vote on final passage of
street railway bill; one of the sponsors for initiative and
referendum bill.

WILLIAM L. BERNARD, Duluth. Wood dealer; for sev-
eral years a member of the city council, where he stood un-
flinchingly for the rights of the people and against the cor-
porations, especially in the contest for a municipal light plant;
for Gordon for speaker; for county option, the abolition of
road houses and the prohibition amendment; for equal suffrage
and semi-monthly pay day, but against repeal of Elwell road
law; did not vote on the boxing bill, but against repeal of
the civil service; for the Guilford amendments and against
the street railway bill.

FRED BESSETTE, Gheen, St. Louis Co. District ranger
in Minnesota Forest Service; for Flowers for speaker; against
county option and all temperance laws; for semi-monthly pay
day and repeal of the Elwell law; for the boxing bill and
civil service repeal; against the Guilford amendments and
for the street railway bill.

H. O. BJORGE, Lake Park, Becker Co. Lawyer and
farmer; member of the House in 1905-7; for Gordon for
speaker; for county option and all temperance laws; for
equal suffrage, semi-monthly pay day and repeal of Elwell
road law; sponsor for initiative and referendum bill; for the
boxing bill, but against civil service repeal; for the Guilford
amendments and against the street railway bill.

ALBIN E. BJORKLUND, Payne Avenue District, St. Paul.
Lawyer; for Gordon for speaker; for county option and all
temperance laws except prohibition; for equal suffrage and
semi-monthly pay day, but against repeal of Elwell road law;
for the boxing bill and the street railway bill, but against
civil service repeal; for one Guilford amendment to the street
railway bill, but did not vote on the second.

G. B. BJORNSON, Minneota, Lyon Co. Editor Minneota
Mascot; at first a prominent candidate of the progressives for
speaker, but withdrew in favor of Gordon; member of the
House in 1913; for county option, anti-road house bill, con-



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stitutional prohibition, equal suffrage and repeal of the Elwell
road law, but against semi-monthly pay day; against the box-
ing bill and civil service repeal; for the Guilford amend-
ments and against the street railway bill.

GUS BOEHMKE, Hollard, Pipestone Co. Banker; sup-
ported Gordon for speaker in spite of tremendous pressure;
for county option and the anti-road house bill, but against
prohibition and equal suffrage; for semi-monthly pay day and
repeal of the Elwell road law; for the boxrng bill and civil
service repeal; did not vote on the street railway bill nor the
Guilford amendments.

ANTON BORGEN, Duluth. Retired property owner;
member of the House in 1909-11-13; for Flowers for speaker;
against county option and temperance laws, but did not vote
on prohibition nor equal suffrage; for semi-monthly pay day,
but against repeal of Elwell road law; for the boxing bill,
the street railway bill and civil service repeal; for the first
Guilford amendment to the street railway bill, but opposed
to the second.

CHARLES W. BOUCK, Royalton, Morrison Co. Merchant
and large land owner; member of the House in 1911-13; for
Flowers for speaker; against county option and all tem-
perance laws, equal suffrage, initiative and referendum and
repeal of the Elwell road law, but for semi-monthly pay day;
for the boxing bill and civil service repeal; against the Guil-
ford amendments and for the street railway bill.

JOHN H. BOYD, Crookston, Polk Co. Lawyer and land
dealer; for Flowers for speaker; author of bill to abolish
mortgage registration tax; against county option and pro-
hibition, but for the anti-road house bill; for equal suffrage,
semi-monthly pay day and repeal of Elwell road law; for the
boxing bill, the street railway bill and civil service repeal;
for the first Guilford amendment to the street railway bill,
but against the second; tried to prevent the road house bill
from coming to a vote.

FRED F. BROWN, Dayton's Bluff District, St. Paul. Em-
ployed by Cook Construction Co.; for Flowers for speaker;
against county option and prohibition, but did not vote on
the anti-road house bill nor equal suffrage; for semi-monthly
pay.day, but against repeal of Elwell road law; for the box-
ing bill and civil service repeal; against the Guilford amend-
ments and for the street railway bill.

GEORGE W. BURROWS, Breckenridge, Wilkin Co. Real
estate and farm loans, bank director, etc.; member of the
House in 1913; for Flowers for speaker; against county option,
for the abolition of road houses; did not vote on prohibition;
favored equal suffrage, but was absent when the vote was
taken; for semi-monthly pay day, but against repeal of Elwell
road law; for the 'boxing bill and civil service repeal; for
the Guilford amendments, but voted for the street railway bill
on final passage.

ROBERT CARMICHAEL, Farmington, Dakota Co.
Farmer; elected on platform against county option and equal
suffrage; for Flowers for speaker; against prohibition, but



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voted for the anti-road house bill, tho he tried to prevent
a vote on it; against equal suffrage, initiative and referendum
and semi-monthly pay day, but for repeal of Elwtll road law;
for the boxing bill and civil service repeal; did not vote
on the street railway bill.

THEODORE CHRISTIANSON, Dawson, Lac qui Parle Co.
Editor and lawyer; for Gordon for speaker; author of bill
to abolish the oil inspection department; author of a bill to
prohibit the cashing of checks in saloons; for county option,
constitutional prohibition, anti-road house bill, equal suffrage,
semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the El well road law;
against the boxing bill and repeal of civil service; for the
Guilford amendments and against the street railway bill.

EDWARD CONDON, Fourth Ward, Minneapolis. Law-
yer; for Flowers for speaker; against county option and pro-
hibition, but for the anti-road house bill; against equal suf-
frage, initiative and referendum and repeal of Elwell road
law, but for semi-monthly pay day; for the boxing bill and
civil service repeal; against the Guilford amendments and
for the street railway bill.

LEAVITT CORNING, Seventh Ward, St. Paul. Head of
the Corning Advertising Agency; for several years member
of the city council, where he made a very good record as
champion of the rights of the people as against the public
service corporations; for Gordon from the start; for county
option, all temperance laws and equal suffrage, but against
semi-monthly pay day and repeal of Elwell road law; for the
boxing bill, but against civil service repeal; for the Guilford
amendments and against the street railway bill; author or
a bill to require any person attacking a candidate for office


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