Friday, May 20, 2022

Today -100: May 20, 1922: Of klandidates, peeresses, and flour

In the Oregon primaries, where vote-counting is not finished, State Senator Charles Hall is leading in the Republican primary for governor over incumbent Ben Olcott. When the counting’s done, Olcott will narrowly win the primary and then lose the general election. What’s interesting is that Hall is described as the Ku Klux Klan candidate. This is the first suggestion in the NYT that the Klan might be becoming an electoral force. In the general election, the Kluxers will strongly back Democrat Walter Pierce against Gov. Olcott, who has spoken against them. 

The House of Lords’ Committee on Privileges rejects letting icky girls into the Lords.

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She’s still in the hospital, and he’s in the prison hospital, because he shot himself after shooting her. But they’re giving him bail so he can marry her, because they’re just pullin’ for these wacky kids, I guess.

The National Woman’s Party’s ceremony dedicating its new D.C. hq will use a trowel provided by Charlotte Pierce (1830-1924), the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls in 1848. The building they’ll be tearing down to be replaced by a larger one is called the Old Capitol. It’s where Congress sat after the British burned the capitol in the War of 1812, and where Pres. Monroe was sworn in.

Henry Ford claims to have invented a new type of flour, which will be cheaper and healthier than existing flours.

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