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Cheyenne, Wyo., - Jan. 18, 1919 – The state of Wyoming may soon be relieved from the necessity of levying state taxes for administrative purposes as indicated by the annual reports filed with the Governor Houx covering operations of the state officers for the past year. Greatly increased royalties from oil production on state lands, increased rentals on grazing and agricultural lands owned by the state and added interest in mineral development on state owned lands have brought the receipts of the state land office almost to the two million dollar mark. A balance above the total administrative expense of all state officials, will result from the past year's transactions with indications of continued increases for the future.
Receipts from oil royalties for the current year went above the half million dollar mark, the greater portion of which goes to the maintenance of the state university and the balance to the state school fund. State royalties have grown from $19,000 in 1912 to the present figures.
The state land office shows gross receipts for the biennium of $1,933,628.76 as against $1,090,000 for the preceding term. The increase is due to higher rentals received from the state grazing and agricultural lands, of which the state has 3,523,604 acres. Incomes from state lands for the last two years have enabled the state to set aside the sum of $783,665 for current school expenses and to invest $508,972, the income only of this latter sum to be used. The income from the common school lands for the biennium amounted to $10.85 for each child of school age.
The state of Wyoming this year received as interest of funds deposited under the state depositary law, the sum of $61,000 while its revenue from permanent investment of state land funds totalled $132,869.
[The Quincy Daily Journal, Jan 18, 1919 - transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Even Mail Order business Stopped by State Law.
Cheyenne, Wyo., June 20, - Wyoming, long the oasis of this section of the west, will enter the ranks of prohibition states on July 1. Sale and manufacture of liquor within the state will cease on that date regardless of whether national prohibition is effective in the nation.
Under terms of the constitutional amendment adopted by the voters at last November's election, Wyoming would have gone dry January 1, 1920. When the legislature met last January, however, it was deemed advisable to put the state law into effect July 1, this year, at the same time it appeared national war time prohibition would be effective. A law was passed by the legislature authorizing this.
In addition to the power placed by state law in the hands of a state prohibition commissioner, there will be a new enforcement league, privately financed and privately operated to enforce the new law. This league already has begun the work of keeping Wyoming free of illegal manufacture and sale of liquor after July 1.
State house gossip is that Fred L. Crabbe, now superintendent of the Wyoming Anti-Saloon league, will be chosen prohibition commissioner.
“Not only bootlegging, but commercial traffic in liquor must cease in accordance with the wishes of the people,” said Mrs. Crabbe in a statement to The Associated Press. “The voters gave the largest per capita dry majority of any state in the union and they are going to see that the law as passed by the legislature is one of the most drastic of its kind.”
Saloons in Wyoming now pay a combined revenue of $500,000 for the privilege of operating. In the face of the approaching “dry spell” breweries are turning to other lines. Most of them will manufacture “soft” drinks.
Data gathered in the three largest cities in the state – Sheridan, Casper and Cheyenne – shows virtually every barroom and saloon has been spoken for by proprietors of candy shops, soft drink parlors, cafes, music stores and restaurants.
Saloon men are cleaning out their stocks as rapidly as possible. It is is (sic?) stated with authority that respectable citizens of the state who lay in a moderate supply of liquor now for their own use after July 1 will not be molested, but the authorities have announced there will be eternal and vicilant warfare waged on the man who seeks to buy now and sell later.
Mail order business practically is at a standstill, the Reed law having stopped much of the importation into nearby states.
[The Quincy Daily Journal,,Jun 20, 1919 - transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Cowgirl Delivers Important Message To Governor Robert Carey of Wyoming
Mrs. Jack Elliot on her way up capitol steps to see Governor Carey.
Without troubling to dismount, Mrs. Jack Elliot, a well known cowgirl of Wyoming, dashed up the steps of the Wyoming state capitol and delivered a message to Gov. Robert Carey. The message was a request from a committee of Wyoming girls that the model for the much discussed “Miss Wyoming” figure for the frontier days poster be selected from among the girls of Wyoming only. [The Quincy Daily Journal, Jul 9, 1919 - transcribed by Debbie Gibson]

Wyoming Legislators

Claiming the proud distinction of being a native son—having been born, reared and educated in Wyoming Senator W. W. Daley of Rawlins who won recognition as one of the leaders of the senate in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth assemblies, was re-elected to the Fifteenth by an appreciative constituency certain to retain him in this capacity until he is called to accept greater and higher official responsibilities. Born in Evanston, the son of William and Rhoda Daley, both widely known and highly esteemed pioneers of Wyoming, Senator Daley is a typical representative of vigorous and successful western manhood the state is proud to honor and who is proud of his state. Learning the business from the ground up, Mr. Daley is now vice-president and general manager of the William Daley company, extensively engaged in ranching and livestock with headquarters at Rawlins. Senator Daley, In addition to the active management of the large ranching and livestock Interests, finds time to devote lo financial and civic affairs as well. He is a director of the Rawlins National Bank and the National Wool Warehouse and Storage company of Chicago, president of the Wool Products company of Sacramento, Calif., and has taken a most prominent part in all war activities. Under his direction as chairman the fourth liberty loan In Carbon county went over the top 146 per cent. He Is also county chairman of the Council of National defense. He Is Past Potentate of Korean Temple, A. A. O. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, past grand commander of the Knight Templar of Wyoming, and a charter member of Rawlins lodge 609, B. P. O. E. In the Fourteenth legislature Senator Daley fathered the measure which gave to Wyoming its state flower and state flag, and he was recently presented, by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the first official state flag made, Senator Daley's splendid business training and practical experience along many lines, coupled with his previous service as a member of the state's highest lawmaking body, generously qualify him for efficient service.
[27 Dec 1918; Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader]

Little Talks with Members of Sixteenth Wyoming Legislature
Why not intermingle a bit of history, political history.
Interest in political history with a "little" (?) talk with attorney John W. Simmon "the gentlemen from Lincoln." He was born near Sugar River, Wis., on a farm. In 1857, of Irish Catholic parents with whom be moved when he was six years old to the state of Maryland where his father engaged in coal mining as an investment. Young Sammon grew up in the mines, was a miner. and at 22 married Miss Bridget Murray; the result of this happy union being nine children, seven of whom were born In Wyoming, for they moved In June 1885, Mr. Simmon taking employment with the Union Pacific Coal company at Almy, Wyoming Territory, in a clerical capacity.
He remained In the employ of the company until that first memorable year In Wyoming history 1892, when he went Into politics and was elected clerk of the district court, his office being at Evanston in Uinta county. His election was for the two year term and he succeeded himself or another two years. In 1896 he was one of the delegates who nominated "Billy" Bryan for the presidency and, returning, was elected county attorney for two years succeeding himself at the end of his term. In 1904 the family moved to Kemmorer, at that time still in Uinta county, and Mr. Sammon severed his allegiance to the democratic party. In 1804 be was elected as a republican to the state legislature, for the years 1905-6 and was again elected in 1906 for the years 1907-8. Since then this veteran of political life has "resided privately In Kammorer." That is to say he has filled only such offices as city clerk, city attorney, etc., but last fall he decided to "come back, " as some of these old timers have the habit of doing—so he's here, and he placed in nomination the successful candidate for speaker of the house, Mr. Ewart. And the "gentlemen from Lincoln" tells some Interesting Incidents of political life that go back of my time as well as some that I needed only to be reminded of from the political point of view the year 1892 was the most interesting in Wyoming's history—that was the year Mr. Sammon went into politics; and, may I not be pardoned for saying, the year that I doubled my capital with a good margin over by wagers made the night before election. John E. Osborne, democrat, carried eleven of the twelve counties for governor and Mr. Sammon was one of tho men, who helped him "take office" through the window, so that when governor Barber, his opponent, came In through the door there sat Osborne with pugilist, Tim Dyer. Installed as his private secretary. The contest went into the courts and when Tom Paterson, the great Denver lawyer, was pleading Osborne's case at a night session out went the lights. Paterson was at the time reading from manuscript but never paused, not even so long as the old school rule of counting four for a period. He continued addressing himself to "your honor' the court and seeing the trick to be vain the lights came on again. But there were before that Interesting campaigns and political situations In Wyoming, when it was a territory. One was when Judge Joseph M. Carey and Geo. W. Baxter, candidates for congress, held joint discussions or debates throughout the territory. Before the election day arrived these discussions become some-what personal and all of us-who know him will agree that the hyphenated word used by Baxter to describe Judge Carey was—the half that I shall use—quite appropriate; he called him a "lion" but Just what sort of a lion I forget, The Judge got back with something quite as aptly descriptive of Baxter, whose physique was diminutive and mentality egotistic. The youngest of John Sammon's children is now 20 years old and his next youngest, W. B. Sammon, 24, is deputy state treasurer and in charge of the compensation department under advice of Treasurer Hoskins. Mr. Sammon is the grandfather of eight children, in religion he is a liberal though still claiming the Catholic faith, and is a man truly democratic by nature. That probably accounts for his success in politics
[13 Jan 1921; Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader, Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Woman Governor Begins Duties As Chief Executive

 CHEYENNE, Wyo., Jan. 5 – Dedicating her efforts to the state and “relying upon diving help for strength and guidance,” Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, at noon today, was sworn into office as governor of Wyoming and became the first woman executive of any commonwealth in the United States. 

In an atmosphere that was hushed and reverent to the memory of the newly elected governor’s late husband, Governor William B. Ross, Chief Justice Potter of the Wyoming state supreme court, quietly administered the oath of office.  The ceremony opened with an invocation by Bishop Thomas of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Wyoming. An audience that taxed the capacity of the senate chamber was strangely silent and undemonstrative as Mrs. Ross spoke.  There was an occasional furtive tear and choked sobs from those who recalled the tragic circumstances that resulted in Mrs. Ross’ elevation to the office.  Mrs. Ross’ address was preceded by a short speech by Acting Governor Lucas. 

Statement Short 

The first woman governor’s statement was short and simple, entirely in keeping with the atmosphere of the ceremonies, as was the widow’s attire that she wore as she was escorted into the chamber by state officials and close personal friends. 

In a low, clear voice Mrs. Ross addressed the assemblage only as “My Friends,” and then continued: 

“Owing to the tragic and unprecedented circumstances which surround my induction into office, I have felt it not only necessary, but unappropriate for me to now enter into such discussion of policies as usually constitutes an inaugural address. 

“This occasion does not mark the beginning of a new administration, but rather the resumption of that which was inaugurated in this chamber two years ago.  It is well understood, I am sure, that it is my purpose to continue, as I am convinced it is the desire of my state that I should insofar as changing conditions will permit, the program and polices then launched. 

Expects Co-Operation 

“I avail myself of this opportunity to acknowledge the gracious consideration shown me by Governor Lucas during the period he has served as executive of our state and to say that I look forward confidently to that same degree of co-operation with him and with other state officers and with the legislature, that during my husband’s term lightened for him the burdens of official life and contributed to his satisfaction and joy in service. 

“In approaching the responsibilities of this exalted office, I do so with a profound sense of the high obligation it imposes upon me.  That the people of Wyoming should have placed such trust in me – in a large measure, I feel, an expression of their recognition of my husband’s devotion to their interests and his contribution to the progress of the state – calls forth in this solemn hour my deepest gratitude and challenges me to rise to the opportunities for service thus made possible, and to dedicate to the task before me every faculty of mind and body with which I may be endowed. 

“Such dedication, I now offer to my state, relying upon divine help for strength and guidance.”
[The Eugene Guard, Eugene, OR Monday January 5, 1925 submitted by Jim Dezotell]


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