WESTERN FEDERATION OF MINERS
August 25, 1897: “A meeting of the miners of the Rand district was held at Randsburg Saturday night, at which all arrangements for the organization of a miners’ union were made. Officers were nominated and will also be voted upon at the next meeting of the union, when they will also be installed. The union begins existence with a membership of about 200. The scale of wages to be adopted call for $2.50 per day for surface and $3 for underground work, nine hours to constitute a day’s work. ” – The Herald
September 27, 1897: “J. R. McDonnell of Virginia. City, organizer and vice-president of the Western Federation of the Miners’ union, arrived in Randsburg a few days ago and organized a local union at that place, with about 250 members. The wages to be paid for underground work are $3 per day; surface work, $2.50, nine hours constituting a day. The officers are: Horace Adams, president; B. F. Myers, vice-president; J. C. Adams, treasurer; Tom Waker, secretary; J. E. Perdue, financial secretary; L. F. Thurston, warden; W. Rhem, conductor.” – The Herald
November 22, 1897: “The first annual ball of the Miners’ Union will take place on November 24th, it promises to be a big success in every respect.” – The Herald
November 23, 1897: “ON THANKSGIVING EVE the Miners’ union will give a ball In Randsburg. It will probably be a successful and enjoyable astir. ” – The Herald
November 29, 1897: “RANDSBURG, Nov. 27.—(Regular Correspondence.) The social event of the season so far was the ball given on Thanksgiving eve by the Miners’ union at the skating rink. In spite of the inclement weather the hall was crowded, and dancing was continued until late in the night. Good music was furnished by hours.” Good music was furnished by the orchestra. The supper was served in Coon’s hall, and the tables fairly groaned with the weight of good things.” – The Herald (Researchers Note: Coon Hall was the saloon next door to the Skating Rink. The building is still standing. It is the last house on the south side of Butte Ave., on the east end of town. JBP)
February 20, 1898: “Edward Boyce, president of the Western Federation of miners, arrived in Randsburg Monday. On the following evening he delivered an address on the labor question to a good audience at the skating rink. ” – The Herald
February 23, 1898: “NO WORK IN RANDSBURG. The Randsburg Miners’ union instructs me to notify the public that the supply of labor is far in excess of the demand at the present time. There are nearly two men for every job. CHAS. A. COOK, Secretary Pro Tern. ” – The Herald
May 30, 1898: “J. J. Donovan, the delegate from the Miners’ union of this place to the Western Federation of Miners’ convention, lately held at Salt Lake City, returned Wednesday. He reports a large and enthusiastic meeting
June 07, 1898: “The Miners’ union will give a ball at the Carlton Theater next Saturday evening. In the past their bails-have been very successful affairs, and no doubt this will not prove to be the exception to the rule. The proceeds will go towards the fund being raised to build a miners’ home at some point along the base of the Rocky mountains. The Western Federation of Miners have taken the matter up and propose to build a home costing $100,000.” – The Herald
June 25, 1898: “Preparations are being made by the Miner’s Union for the celebration of the fourth of July in a loyal and patriotic manner.” Randsburg Miner
May 12, 1899: “JOINT SESSION HELD. Miners’ Federation Meets With Western Labor Union. SALT LAKE, May IL— The Western Federation of Miners and the Western Labor Union held a Joint session this afternoon, with J. H. Husbey of Helena, Mont., presiding. A general discussion of the solution of the labor troubles throughout the United States occupied nearly the whole time of the joint session. The tenor of the discussion was for organization and unification it the labor organizations of the country. A resolution was adopted asking all labor unions in California to join with the miners’ union in Randsburg and other mining districts near San Pedro harbor to get union labor and union hours on the Government work at San Pedro. The Coeur d’Alene mining troubles were discussed and the following resolution adopted: Resolved, That the convention sends words of encouragement to our brothers, suffering under military rule in the Coeur Alone mining district and pledge ourselves to do all in our power to aid in securing relief from the conditions now prevailing In that district.” – San Francisco Call
September 30, 1899: “ADMISSION DAY BALL—The ball given by the Miner’s Union No. 44 in celebration of their admission to the Western Federation of Miners, last Monday night was a grand success. Mr. Eckles delivered a speech on the work of labor unions and their purpose in general, and the brotherly love that causes them to assist their fellow workmen in his hour of distress. After the conclusion of Mr. Eckle’s speech the music furnished by Prof. Week”s orchestra struck up the grand march in which there were over seventy couples. They danced the light fantastic until nearly three in the morning.” –Randsburg Miner
October 7, 1899: “LODGE NOTES –Installation of officers in Miners’ Union No. 44, this evening. An assessment of one dollar has been levied on each member of the local Miners’ Union No. 44” –Randsburg Miner
October 05, 1911: “LAWS AFFECTING LABOR. John Kean, deputy labor commissioner of Sacramento, addressed the convention this afternoon on various laws which are in effect as a result of the work of the recent legislature and of others which have been on the statute books, but which have never been invoked, notably the six day week law. All representatives from San Francisco, led by A. J. Gallagher, took a stand against the licensing of steam engineers. Los Angeles was strong for the adoption of the proposed resolution. C. M. Arandall of the Miners’ union of Randsburg pleaded for the adoption of the resolution because, he said, the lives of the miners of every camp are in the hands of the engineers. It was finally placed on file.” – San Francisco Call
November 23, 1919: “LABOR PEACE RULED on the desert during 1940. The Desert Unity Council under President John Pengillay (who refused renomination for a third term in favor of Ben Blau, member of the Pacific Coast Borax Workers Union, in the August election, attempted settlement of the Randsburg A. F. L. C. I. O. dispute which culminated in the shutting down of the fabulous Yellow Aster mine in the closing months of 1939.” –Bakersfield Californian
RANDSBURG SILVER CLUB
September 18, 1898: RANDSBURG, Sept. 16.—THE RANDSBURG SILVER CLUB organized Wednesday night, with a membership roll of 225 ., 90 per cent of whom were miners employed In the various, mines in the camp. The officers elected were J. L. Orndorff, president; A. Lackey, vice-president, and H.P McPherson, secretary. The club constitution declares that the organization shall be non-partisan, and binds its members to vote for only such political candidates as will support its free coinage measures. A poll of the club discloses the remarkable fact that 100 per cent of the members formerly belonged to the Republican party.” — The Herald
June 07, 1898: “The county political pot has commenced to simmer and before long will be boiilng in real earnest. Already several possible candidates have been in camp looking over the field, This evening a meeting has been called to formulate plans for the organization of a Democratic club.” – The Herald
June 13, 1898: “June 13, 1898: “The called meeting of Democrats held at J. C. Crenshaw’s office a few evenings since resulted in the election of J. C. Crenshaw and G. W. Fox temporary chairman and secretary, respectively. Another meeting has been arranged to meet at the same place next Wednesday evening, at which all who favor the Chicago platform are invited to be present to join in forming a Democratic club.” – The Herald
June 27, 1898: “Randsburg has a Democratic club. It was organized last week. Its president is M. L. Sevier. Just what figure the Randsburg vote will cut in the November election is impossible to foretell, but if we may judge of the returns on Election Day by the interest which has been shown in the organization of a club, we could hope that Randsburg was on this side of the county line.” – The Herald
Sept,1898: “ RANDSBURG DEMOCRATS–They Refute and Rebuke .Republican Misstatement
RANDSBURG, Sept. o.—The Randsburg Democratic club held a large and enthusiastic meeting recently. A number of local speakers addressed the club on current topics. The club is rapidly growing and bids fair in the next few weeks to swell its membership roll to 23u. Next Tuesday evening a number of speakers are expected from Bakersfield, in which event an open air meeting will be held, as there is not a building in the town big enough to accommodate all the Democrats when they get together. At the meeting the following resolutions were presented and adopted unanimously: Whereas, The California Republican party platform having charged that the “Democratic-Populist-______” party of California is attempting to stirrup hatred of the judiciary and contempt of the law, we brand the same as false, and assert that the sole purpose of such indictment is inspired by the hope that in the flurry of politics and in the excitement of the approaching campaign a feeling of sufficient indignation may be aroused among the masses against the so-called calumniators as to develop and hide the pervert acts and unwise decisions of those of the judiciary whom they, the Republicans, wish to shield and whom they have selected for high office. Therefore, be it Resolved: That while we refute the frivolous charge as made by the Republican platform, we recognize the constitutional right of every citizen of the land to criticize and condemn the usurpation of legislative power which many of the courts of the United States at the present time have taken unto themselves.
Whereas: The platform adopted by the Republican party at Its recent convention held in the city of Sacramento, having assumed for that party all the honor and glory for the brilliant successes achieved by our invincible army and navy during our late war with Spain; and
Whereas: All sections and parties, without regard to geographical lines or political color, having shown their fealty and love of “Old Glory” by tendering their services and lives, if need be, in the call to arms, we brand the Republican party’s claims as a misstatement of facts. Therefore, be it
Resolved. That the Republican Party, in arrogating to itself the whole credit for victories won by representatives of all parties and classes of the United States, displays an arrogance and selfishness that Is puerile and childish, and it is deserving of universal condemnation for its presumption by all liberty-loving and fair-minded citizens.
Corrected statements from Bakersfield show that the registration of Randsburg, Garlock and other camps within a radius of twenty miles of Randsburg will approximate 700, and it can be safely stated that of this number Hon. J. G. Maguire will receive two-thirds. The registration of Kern County exceeds GGOO, an increase of 2400 over the registration of two years ago.” – The Herald
May 27, 1900: “BAKERSFIELD, May 26.— The Democratic County Central Committee met today and appointed the following delegates to the State convention: J. R. Price Randsburg; John Kett, Tehachapi, E. Lindsay, Tehachapi; S. A. Woody, Woody; E. M. Roberts, J. W. Ahern, H. A. Jastro. N. R. Packard, B. Brundage, J. W. P. Laird. Bakersfield.” –San Francisco Call
August 26, 1900: “Democratic Delegates of Kern. Special Dispatch to the Call. BAKERSFIELD, Aug 25. — The Democrats at the primaries today polled 303 votes and elected the following delegates: Democratic State and Congressional Convention—George Fox, Randsburg…..” –San Francisco Call
October 05, 1902: “RANDSBURG Cal, Oct. 4. — The Democrats held a big mass meeting here tonight at which ex-Congressman Geary and E. Smyth, candidate for Congress in the Eighth District, were the principal speakers. A special train brought 150 from Bakersfield, among them being all the county candidates. Platz, nominee for the Assembly, Emmons for the State Senate and Daniels, – president
of the Machinists’ Union at Kern City also addressed the meeting.” –San Francisco Call
September 09, 1900: “Special Dispatch to The Call.BAKERSFIELD. Sept. S.-Hon. R. C.
Dale of Bakerslield, for Assemblyman; D. J. McCormick of Randsburg, Supervisor First District; N. W. Tausig of Miramonte, Supervisor Third District; G.J. Plane of Bakerslield, Supervisor FifthMDistrict. The foregoing were the nominees put forward to-day by the Republican County Convention, composed of ninety-nine delegates. There was a sharp contest for each of the positions, the closest and most heated
being for the place of Assemblyman between Hon. R. C. Dale, present Assemblyman, and Supervisor C. J. E. Taylor. Dale won by barely one vote. The first ballot stood Dale 47 and Taylor 48. There being two ballots unintelligible a second ballot was taken, with the foregoing result. It was currently talked and believed here by many that Colonel Dan Burns’ fine Italian had figured in the convention to defeat Dale for fidelity to the wishes of his constituents In voting against the colonel for United States Senator. Dale was firmly “forninst” the push at Sacramento, and with all their fine .work they failed to pull him over for Burns. In consequence of his firm stand in this he has been dubbed by his friends “Honest Bob Dale.” Taylor, it is believed, was “in the hands of his friends” and did not know how they were using him to knock out Dale. At any rate Dale’s friends believe they have gained a great victory over the Burns, push.
In the First District there was a hot three-cornered fight between McCormick, Chris Worth and John Nell. It was horse and horse for several ballots, when finally Worth threw his vote to McCormick, who was winner. G. J. Plane, nominee in the Fifth District, is one of the principal employes of the Kern County Land Company, as well as his Democratic opponent, H. A. Jastro.” –San Francisco Call
December 18, 1897: “GRAND CHIEF OF HONOR Nellie Masters has returned from Randsburg, after organizing a lodge of the Degree of Honor at that place with twenty-five charter members and seven to initiate. A good lodge will be the result of the visit of the G. C. of H.” – The Herald
September 30, 1899: “THE DEGREE OF HONOR of the A. O. U., meets every Tuesday evening at Union Hall at 7:30 P. M. Nora E. Kane, C. of H., Lulu Emerald, Recording Secretary.” Randsburg Miner
August 19, 1899: “THE DEGREE OF HONOR. Those Who Will Legislate for the Order at the Next Grand Session. The order known as the Degree of Honor A. O. U. W. will be represented in its Grand Lodge by one representative from each of the forty-eight lodges in the State. The order has at this time a membership of about 1700, of which more than1200 are beneficiary members. During the period since the adjournment of the grand body last year six lodges surrendered their charters, but eight new ones were instituted, and three more will be instituted before the close of the term. The following-named are representatives from the lodges of the State: Desert Queen of Randsburg, Leah P. Duke.” – San Francisco Call
October 7, 1899: “A. O. U. W. –The A. O. U. W. will give a ball on the evening of Oct. 27th in Union Hall. This will be the twenty-first anniversary of the order. The Randsburg lodge is in a fine condition and many new members are being added.” –Randsburg Miner
January 16, 1900: Thursday evening there was a public Installation of the A. O. U. W.’s at Miner** union hall. The following officers were in* stalled for the ensuing term: T. W. Duke, P. M. W.; R. T. Brackney. M. W.: On Raising. F. P. Fahley, O. J. Malarkey, G. A. Marke, I. W. Wm. McCarthy, O. AY ; J. R. Parker, T. The installation was followed by a dance and entertainment. The A. O. U. W. lodge has a large membership here, but the I. O. U. has the largest following in camp.” — Los Angeles Herald
October 12, 1900: “The Grand Lodge of the Degree of Honor will assemble in annual session in Memorial Hall of the Odd Fellows’ building to-morrow for the transaction of such business as may come before it. There will be in attendance representatives from sixty lodges in this State, who will represent about 2SOO members. The following named are the representatives, who, together with the grand officers, will legislate for the order: Vo 64— Mrs. Tillie Moesser, Randsburg.”—San Francisco Call
June 29, 1902: “The following is a list of the representatives to the Grand Lodge of the Degree of Honor, A. O. U. W. that will hold its biennial session in Memorial Hall of the Odd Fellows’ building in this city, commencing on Tuesday next and remaining in session for several days: Desert Queen No. 64, Randsburg — Mrs. Nora E. Kane.” – San Francisco Call
January 28, 1898: “FRATERNAL BROTHERHOOD. The annual meeting of the supreme lodge of the Fraternal Brotherhood will be held at the offices of the supreme lodge, 1252 South Spring Street, this city, on Thursday next. Important business will be transacted. Supreme Secretary Bartholomew has returned from Arizona, where he instituted three promising lodges of the order and appointed a state deputy to continue the work. Supreme President Dandy visited the Anaheim lodges last Friday. Roth lodges had a number of candidates for initiation, closing with a joint banquet. The ladies were largely in evidence .Mrs. Catherine Munson, D. S. P. instituted a ladies’ lodge at Ventura Inst. Friday night and Deputy C. F. Munson instituted a men’s lodge Wednesday evening. Deputy Bronson is organizing a lodge at Randsburg.” – The Herald
FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES
February 25, 1922: “RANDSBURG, FEB. 25.—THE LOCAL LODGE OF EAGLES celebrated Washington’s birthday with a most enjoyable dance in the Miner’s Union Hall, at which about 100 guests were present.
An orchestra from Los Angeles was engaged for the occasion, and a delicious midnight supper was served. Dancing continues until early morning.” – Bakersfield Californian
February 13, 1924: “EAGLES SOAR –Randsburg, Feb. 13.—Randsburg lodge F. O. E. No. 1883 is stretching its wings in preparation for a big Washington’s birthday dance at the White House dance hall the evening of February 22, where a big attendance is expected to make the affair on of the livest held here in many weeks.
With the members of the fair sex admitted free and a lunch included, as well as entertainment other than dancing, the slogan “a good time for all” promises to be realized in full.”—Bakersfield Californian
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
March 23, 1922: “THE BOY SCOUTS DANCE which was postponed from St. Patrick’s Day on account of the weather will be given on Saturday evening at the Theater hall in Atolia.” –Bakersfield Californian
March 29, 1922: “BOY SCOUTS’ DANCE HELD AT RANDSBURG –Randsburg, March 29.—The dance given by the Boy Scouts which was postponed from St. Patrick’s Day on account of the weather was given Saturday night in the Theater hall in Atolia and proved a most enjoyable affair.
The scouts, under the direction of R. R. Dinsmore, added some novel features to their celebration. Shamrocks were presented to each guest upon arrival and in the course of the evening, whistling balloons were distributed and paper cups of various designs with green their predominate color. These added greatly to the occasion. If the volume of noise could be an indication and a carnival spirit reigned for the remainder of the evening.
A delicious supper was served at midnight by Mr. and Mrs. Phllbrooke, after which the dancing continued.” –Bakersfield Californian
May 6, 1922: “BOY SCOUTS COMING FROM RANDSBURG – Randsburg, May 6. –The Boy Scouts of Randsburg are planning to go into Bakersfield early Saturday morning to attend the field meet there, where the boys plan to compete in all the events.
Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Royal are taking a car full of boys, as are Mr. Mrs. Dinsmore and Fred Rinaldi.
Among the boys making the trip are Dan and Norman Gunderson, Robert Dinsmore, Manuel Rodriquez, Fred Rinaldi, John White, Gleason Hackman, Marvin and Walter Hicks, Dwight Myer and Ben Nosser.
The boys are in charge of Scoutmaster R. R. Dinsmore will stay at the week-end camp, returning to Randsburg Sunday evening.” –Bakersfield Californian
April 2, 1923: “RANDSBURG TO BE PREPARED – Randsburg now steps forward and states that 22 boys have been registered as Scouts from here. Pretty good for a city the size of Randsburg, we’ll say.
The Randsburg Scouts are working diligently preparing for the coming field meet. Their first step was to start work on a 9-foot scaling wall for their use in practice.
The Randsburg boys are saying goodbye to Earl Butler, one of the Scouts, who is transferring to San Fernando.” – Bakersfield Californian
February 2, 1924: “AN INTERESTING BIT OF SCOUT NEWS is that a troop has been organized at Trona and the unit will be placed under the jurisdiction of the Randsburg troop. Joseph Russell, superintendent of the Edison Company in that territory, will be the new scoutmaster. Executive Hill will go to Randsburg Sunday to attend the exercised surrounding the organization of the Trona troop.” –Bakersfield Californian
February 20, 1924: “BOY SCOUTS NOW GAIN FOOTHOLD IN MINE DISTRICT—The Boy Scout movement is now firmly launched in the mining section of Kern County with 40 lads being associated with troops at Randsburg, Johannesburg, Trona, and Osdick. Scout Executive F. R. Hill has just returned from a visit to the section where he organized the Trona troop with eight scouts. In Randsburg there are 35 boy scouts and several are organized at Osdick. J. H. Russell is scout master at Trona; R. R. Dinsmore is in charge of the boys at Randsburg, with T. W. Wiseman and Fred Rinaldi constituting the scout Committee.
While Hill was in the mining section the scouts were taken for a trip through Inyo-Kern and to a location five miles beyond the south fork of Kern River where they camped. Games, scout drills and other activities connected with scouting were participated in.”—Bakersfield Californian