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Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2

1875  Strike at Rock Springs mines, the first for that location, settled.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1892  John E. Osborne takes the oath of office under strained circumstances, given Republican claims of voting irregularities following Amos Barber's defeat following the Johnson County War.   Osborne's election was valid in spite of such protestations.  He served one term as Governor and declined renomination.  He subsequently served a single terms as Wyoming's Congressman, and then served as Assistant Secretary of State in the Wilson Administration.
Osborne was a physician, and is principally remembered in Wyoming for having had a pair of shoes made from the skin of George "Big Nose" Parrot, an executed murderer.  He was a major sheep rancher during his time in Wyoming as well.  He later occupied a position in the Wilson Administration.

1905   Diamondville mine explosion killed 18 men.

1914  The Fremont Lake Irrigation Company completed its canal for irrigation at Pinedale.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.


The Cheyenne State Leader for December 2, 1916. American Troops Ready to Stop Bandit Villa.

Things were starting to look increasingly dangerous on the border.

The Laramie Republican for December 2, 1916: Maybe there's nothing to worry about on the border.

Residents of Laramie would have been less disturbed by border news today than those in Cheyenne would have been.
1927 Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A.

1935  Governor Leslie A. Miller delivered a speech to the "Coordinating Committee of Federal Departments and Agencies in Wyoming." in which he stated, "Now the word I would like to leave here is this -- that you people have a very solemn duty in the management of the affairs which have been entrusted to your hand, [to] try to do everything in your power to encourage and enhance this improvement in general agriculture and industrial conditions to the end that these appropriations by the federal government may be reduced . . . . It has been the thought of many of us for some time that the federal government could not possibly go on making these huge appropriations for work relief and general relief for the country will not stand it interminably.. . .It is contrary to our conception of government, for example, that our government should compete with private industry for the production of food . . . the quicker these agencies for relief find that they have no work to do, then the quicker we will know that our country has gotten back to that state that the Administration considered it should get back to when it began all these activities."

1941  As of this date, on the eve of Pearl Harbor,  Wyoming has 5,600 men in the armed forces.

Elsewhere, of interest, on this date:

1933 Newfoundland, a self governing British Dominion, went bankrupt and ceased to be self governing.    This Great Depression caused crisis was not only unique, as far as I'm aware, in the history of the British Commonwealth, but the sole instance of a self governing dominion essentially choosing to resume being governed from London.

This has low, or perhaps no, direct connection with Wyoming, but it is interesting in that it shows how severe the Great Depression had become in North America.

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