The Shelbyville Republican
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,
February 13 or February 15, 1913
NEW PROGRESSIVE CLUB ORGANIZED
AT INDIANAPOLIS, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12,
ABRAHAM LINCOLNíS BIRTHDAY --
STARTS OUT WITH SEVEN HUNDRED MEMBERS.
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.
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.
The Evening Banquet
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
Mr. Jensen Speaks
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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