Saturday, August 1, 2009

On this day in Iowa

August 1-2, 1911

Two hundred strike breakers from Chicago arrive in Des Moines, sent to intervene in an anticipated streetcar men's strike. Public sentiment runs strongly against the "rough & tough" newcomers and cooks and waiters in the Iowa Hotel refuse to serve the strikebreakers.

From Deep Roots: Iowa Heritage Calendar 1976 by Beth Ann Conklin.

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