The  Shelbyville  Republican
February 13 or February 15, 1913
          Many Indiana Progressives met at the Claypool hotel in Indianapolis, Wednesday, February 12th, Abraham Lincolnís birthday, and perfected an organization to be known as the Indiana Progressive Club. The club starts out very auspiciously with a membership of 700 well distributed over the state, but the majority in Indianapolis. The membership fee is $10.00 with dues of $6.00 per year. Members outside of Marion county will be exempt from the annual dues. W. C. Bobbs, the president of the Bobbs-Merrill Co., is the president of the club; James H. Snowden, Indianapolis, first vice president; Charles S. Lewis, Indianapolis, treasurer. Second vice presidents were named from each Congressional district and are as follows: First, Charles Finley Smith, Evansville; Second, Dr. James A. Woodburn, Bloomington; Third, E. V. Knight, New Albany; Fourth, Will Newsom, Columbus; Fifth, Frank R. Miller, Clinton; Sixth, Gerlief Jensen, Shelbyville; Eighth, Harry L. Kitselmann, Muncie; Ninth, C. A. Ford, Kokomo; Tenth, S. W. Thompson, Monticello; Eleventh, Edgar L. Baldwin, Fairmount; Twelfth, Col. D. N. Foster, Fort Wayne; Thirteenth, Dr. E. A. Rumley, LaPorte.
          A board of directors was also selected for the new club as follows: Second, John Campbell, Bloomington; Third, Dr. A. P. House, New Albany; Fourth, Edward M. Lee, Lawrenceburg; Fifth, R. H. Crouch, Greencastle; Sixth, W. J. Hungate, Fountaintown; Seventh, G. R. Fertig and Harry O. Chamberlain, Indianapolis; Eighth, Wilson Rice, Portland; Ninth, W. H. Dye, Noblesville; Tenth, J. M. Bower, Fowler; Eleventh, Grant M. Fleming, Warren; Twelfth, D. N. Foster, Fort Wayne; Thirteenth, Dr. R. C. Stephens, Plymouth. Edward M. Lee was elected chairman of the committee.
The Evening Banquet
          In the evening the new club and the Progressive Press Association held a banquet in the main dining room of the Claypool Hotel.  There were more than four hundred men and women present.  It was a happy, joyous occasion with every one feeling good and glad he was there.  William D. Hedrick presided as toastmaster. Mr. Hedrick himself is a fine speaker and made the occasion a happy one by his felicitous remarks. B. R. Inman, president of the Press Association, read letters and telegrams of greeting from U. S. Senator  Joseph M. Dixon, Medill McCormick of Chicago, Judge John M. Parker of New Orleans, Judge Ben B. Lindsay of Denver, Miss Jane Addams of Chicago, Fred Landis of Logansport, George Ade of Brooke, Indiana, Governor Hiram Johnson of California, and Colonel Theodore Roosevelt of New York.  The messages of good cheer and good will from Governor Johnson and Colonel Roosevelt were most warmly and enthusiastically applauded.  Near the close of the evening a splendid and characteristic message was read by County Chairman Willetts Bastian from Senator Beveridge, who was in New York City addressing a big Progressive gathering there and hence could not be with his Indiana friends.  The speakers at the banquet were Prof. James A. Woodburn, of the State University at Bloomington; Mrs. Antionette Funk, of Chicago; she told of the splendid Progressive Club at Chicago, a few weeks old with 1, 700 members; Senator Frank N. Gavet, of Lake county; Col. A. D. Shaw, of Indianapolis; Col. D. N. Foster, of Fort Wayne; Jackson Boyd, of Greencastle, and a number of others.
Mr. Jensen Speaks
          Rev. Gerlief Jensen, of this city, was one of the speaker and as usual he made a most excellent address.  Mr. Jensen was presented as the man who made a remarkable race for National Representative in the Sixth district, the home of James E. Watson, the leading orator and Indianaís big man of the Republican party.  Mr. Jensen spoke of the future and said the Progressive party was not an accident.  The people do not need fear modern problems, declaring those problems were only manifestations of industrial development, prosperity and modern growth.  Mr. Jensen reviewed history from the first step toward liberty, 400 years ago, when the great Magna Charta was wrested from king John at Runnymede.
          Mr. Jensen declared the climax of the struggle for liberty had not yet been reached, but he asserted the belief that the time would come when the people would settle modern problems and settle them well.  His tributes to Roosevelt and Beveridge were cheered.  He said the people could not hope for anything from the Republican party or from the divided Democratic party.  He said the Progressive party was the peopleís hope and he discussed the nationalism and the new humanism of the Progressive party.
          Music for the occasion was furnished by Mrs. Maude Essex Titus, of Indianapolis, who sang two fine songs.  The Y.M.C.A. quartette and the Montani full orchestra.  The music was very pleasing.
          The meeting was voted a great success by all who attended. The Progressive Press Association held their first annual meeting at the Claypool hotel at Indianapolis today.
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