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Merrill (Jack) Edwards, Mayor
David M. Murphy, Pres.
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
Charles S. Rosencrance, Supt.
MARION, IND., May 23rd. 1934. W. R. CHIEF DEPUTY,
T. C. 1. & Railroad Co., Birmingham Alabama. DEAR SIR: I have at hand a letter from Mr. Ralph Custer Who was born and raised in this City, where he is well and favorable known.
He is well known and well liked by every member of this Department, and you would be safe in employing him to any position to which he may aspire.
He is a clean cut young fellow, and should you see fit to give him employment I would consider it as a personal favor as he is a man I can gladly recommend. Very truly yours,
(Signed) Chas. S. ROSENCRANCE, Chief of Police, Supt. of Police, Marion, Indiana.
[Copy) T. M. Gilbert, Chief Deputy
Burgin Hawkins, Chief Clerk OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF, JEFFERSON COUNTY
James F. Hawkins, Sheriff Mr. W. R. SIMS,
T. C. I. & R. R. Co., Brown-Marx Bldg., Birmingham, Ala. DEAR Mr. Sims: This will introduce Mr. D. B. Chambliss, ex-sheriff of Autauga County, who is a personal friend of mine. If you can use Mr. Chambliss as a special officer, I will appreciate it. Yours very truly
(Signed) Jas. F. HAWKINS,
COMPANY "L" 176TH INFANTRY, ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, June 15, 1934. Subject: Relief of Sgt. Jack C. Shelley. To: Mr. Sims.
1. This is to certify that Sgt. Jack C. Shelley was relieved from active military duty June 9th, 1934.
WALTER J. HANNA,
(Specimen card-Card FileSpecial Deputies) Smith, Edward O.
Commissioned 5-8-34 Address-Gen. Del. (Mrs. P. D. Hopkins-1018 B’mt. Ave. Portarthur, Tex.
Pd. Ltr. 5-25-34. Telephone None Car-None Weight-168-Height 5'10% Age 40 (3-3-94)
SERVICE UNSATISFACTORY. [Pencil Notations: Turned in S. & W. 38, Col, No. 331393 & scabbard, 5/25/34. Drinking.)
(Pencil Notation: 0. K. 5/25/34. G.]
INFORMATION RELATIVE TO SPECIAL DEPUTY
Servis in Army.
Address: Land Dept T. C. I.
2410 Third ave N.
He is working for you now. I have The Folowing guns:
45. colts Auto
Birmingham, Alabama, April 28, 1934. Mr. Robt. GREGG, President, T. C. I. & R. R. Co.,
Brown-Marx Building, Birmingham, Alabama. MY DEAR MR. GREGG: Out of an abundance of precaution, I am suggesting that you instruct your men to impress on all special deputies employed by you and Carrying commission der me, the importance of sobriety, courtesy and calmness. I am receiving some complaints regarding the conduct of special officers and realize that this is a weapon that can and will be used by the strikers. I will appreciate you passing this down the line. Yours very truly,
(Signed) Jas. F. HAWKINS, Sheriff.
APRIL 30, 1934. Mr. Jas. F. HAWKINS,
Sheriff, Jefferson County, Birmingham, Alabama. DEAR MR. HAWKINS: Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of April 28, 1934.
We are very sympathetic to the subject which you bring up and are eliminating the condition you complain of just as fast as we receive intimation of any improper actions.
We have discharged thirty-eight men to date for conduct not in keeping with our standard and you may rest assured we will watch with every resource possible with a view of seeing that officers who carry commissions under you maintain the same high order of conduct as is maintained by your regularly employed deputies. Yours, truly,
President. Copy to: Mr. J. F. Vance: Herewith copy of Sheriff Hawkins' Letter.
R. G. Copy to: Mr. W. R. Sims: J. F. V., 5–2–34.
Terms Cash General Offices: Piper, Alabama. Benj. E. Sherrod, Sec. & Treas. Telephone No. 100
LITTLE CAHABA COAL COMPANY,
Piper, Alabama, May 30, 1934. (Pencil note: Mr. Sims: I think Mr. Sherrod's word is as good as a bond. L. R. H. 5/31.) Mr. LEROY HOLT,
c/o Tennessee 'Coal Iron & R. R. Co., Birmingham, Ala. Dear Roy: This letter will be handed to you by Mr. A. B. Taylor, who has been employed by us as deputy sheriff during our recent strikes, and now, since everything here has become settled, we have had to let go in order to avoid expense.
Mr. Taylor came to us from north Georgia and well recommended by everybody. He is a world war veteran, experienced in handling machine guns, and has had wide experience in strike work. In addition, while in our employ he has been steadily on the job and conducted himself in a way that has won the respect of our people.
While I know you have nothing to do with the employment department, on the other hand, I just thought a word from you might assist Mr. Taylor in securing a position on the deputy force doing duty around the mines. At any rate, I will appreciate anything you can do for him as I believe he is a good man and would stand hitched under any circumstances. Adding kindest regards, I am, Yours very truly,
(Signed) BENJ. E. SHERROD. (Written in ink: 704 S 27 st Bhea 3-8189 2925 9th at coffn.)
BODEKER'S NATIONAL DETECTIVE AGENCY
206–207 First Nat'l Bank Bldg., Telephone 3–7531 and 3–2517
FOR CORPORATIONS, ATTORNEYS
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, 6/20/34. Mr. Sims,
clo T. C. I. Co., City. DEAR MR. Sims: The bearer Chas. E. Davis, has done work for me over a. period of several years, I have always found him reliable and honest. formerly a member of the National Guard for three years. I have not had anything for him to do lately and believe if you can use him, he will prove to be a good man. Any favors you can show him will be appreciated. Yours sincerely,
FRED J. BODEKER.
COMPANY 1, 167TH INFANTRY
1515 Pike Road
Mail Address 1434 30th Street, Fairview Station
BIRMINGHAM, ALA., July 10, 1934. Mr. W. R. Sims,
Brown-Marx Building, Birmingham, Alabama. DEAR Sir: This is to certify that Leon E. Harris was on active duty with the Alabama National Guard from the 25th day of June, 1934 until the 2nd day of July, 1934
(Signed) HERBERT H. Brush,
Capt. 167th Inf. NOTE.-Card file shows Leon E. Harris commissioned April 17, 1934, paid off May 12, 1934.
OXFORD, ALA., 5/31/34. T. C. I. Co.,
Brown-Marx Bldg., Birmingham, Ala. GENTLEMEN: Please consider my application for a job as guard,• if you are employing any at present or any other kind of employment that might be open.
Will furnish reference if required, do not belong to any kind of a Union and never have. Trusting to be given due consideration, I am, Sincerely yours,
V. F. PRICE, Oxford, Ala.
USE OF NATIONAL GUARD IN STRIKES
[Copy) [Pencil Notation: 292.]
APRIL 26, 1934. Hon. B. M. MILLER,
Governor of Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama. Sir: While the Coal Mine employees of this Company have not returned to work and are still picketing our mines, it is of great interest to us to note that no serious disturbance has taken place since it became known that companies of the State Militia were on duty in the District.
I think this suggestion was made in your presence when you were good enough to give us an opportunity to put this matter before you.
The mere presence of these uniformed men at various points has proven most helpful, in my judgment, and without firing a shot they have maintained order under severe stress.
It appeared recently that all ore miners, regardless of what Company employed them, were threatening isorder; in fact, the vote has been taken in favor strike. I believe that the presence of only a few uniformed officers, who drove over the area to be affected, really resulted in postponing this strike, which is now set for May 4, 1934, and will involve several thousand men.
These comments may appear to be out of order, but I cannot refrain from making them, not only as a commendation and appreciation of the poilcy directed by you and so efficiently carried out by General Persons and his men but also in the hope that you may find it expedient to keep a reasonable number of these men on duty here until this entire situation has cleared up. Yours very truly,
Expense in connection with establishment of National Guard camps, May 1934
(Pencil Notation: 292.)
JUNE 6, 1934 General PERSONS;
The attached is a statement of cost of the three National Guard Camps through the month of May.
I am quite sure there will be some additional small costs which have been incurred since June 1st which are not included.