Throwback Thursday: Striking Irwin


Workers of Local 586 of the United Automobile Workers at the Irwin Auger Bit Co. in Wilmington went on strike Sept. 4, 1946. The minimum wage there was 55 cents and workers sought 84 cents. The strike finally ended on Oct. 28 when the sides agreed to resume negotiations. Can you tell us more? Share it at info@wnewsj.com. The photo, which was taken by Robert McNemar, is courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Society. Like this image? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more info, visit www.clintoncountyhistory.org; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684.

Workers of Local 586 of the United Automobile Workers at the Irwin Auger Bit Co. in Wilmington went on strike Sept. 4, 1946. The minimum wage there was 55 cents and workers sought 84 cents. The strike finally ended on Oct. 28 when the sides agreed to resume negotiations. Can you tell us more? Share it at info@wnewsj.com. The photo, which was taken by Robert McNemar, is courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Society. Like this image? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more info, visit www.clintoncountyhistory.org; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684.


Clinton County History Center

Thank you to Jack Rose, who let us know that last week’s photo was of the water plant on Wall Street (not Prairie Avenue). And thank you to Janet Stanforth, who provided us with the identities of the 1989-90 Martinsville Elementary faculty which we ran on Sept 3: from left, top row: Claire Ropp, speech; Susan Myers Bradshaw, kindergarten; Melissa Krause, second grade; Connie Page, LD; Shirley Conover Robinson, cook; and Faith Baxter Lykins, third grade; middle, Faye Haines Mahaffey, music; Sam Lewis, principal; Elsie Donovan Fields, secretary; and Millard Spradlin, custodian; and, bottom, Helen Hodson, first grade; Barbara Atley, fifth grade; Cherie McIntire Dixon, fourth grade; and Yvonne Hayes, cook.

These are some highlights from the News Journal on Nov. 6, 1968:

National headlines

• ‘Nixon Named 37th President’

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Richard M. Nixon was elected 37th President of the United States today, bursting by Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey with narrow windup victories in California, Illinois and Ohio.”

Locally

‘Nixon Wins County Handily’

“Clinton County voters Tuesday returned to their familiar pattern of Republicanism from which they departed in 1964 to vote for Lyndon Johnson. GOP candidates made a clean sweep. Richard M. Nixon, who this morning acquired 287 electoral votes, captured the county handily winning in 49 of the 50 polling places.

“Nixon carried the county with 6,259 votes while Hubert H. Humphrey garnered 2,978 and George Wallace 1,829. The only precinct Nixon lost was Wilmington 2-B, where Humphrey won 151 to Nixon’s 111 and Wallace’s 34.

• The East Clinton bond issue — 4.3 mills for a new high school and improvement of two elementary centers — was failing at the polls 1,071 votes to 897, although voters did approve EC’s levy renewal.

• Wilmington Chapter 357 Order of Eastern Star held a fashion show at the Masonic Temple. It was narrated by Mrs. Ruby Sperry with models Mrs. Morris Shidaker, Mrs. Robert Buroker, Mrs. Myrtle Johnson, Mrs. William Buckley, Mrs. Howard Pickerell and Mrs. Jack Price. They showed a variety of dresses and suits for all occasions with complementary jewelry, fur-trimmed cashmere coats, car coats, hats, gloves and purses. Hostesses were Mrs. John Walker and Mrs. Harley Day.

• The Progress Club met as hostesses were Mrs. E.C. Mannon and Mrs. D.C. Austin, with Mrs. Jack Conklin giving opening remarks and Mrs. Ruth Haynes presenting the program. Program chairman Mrs. Morris Snider introduced speaker Haynes, who reviewed poems by Jesse Stuart.

• Women’s Auxiliary to the Clinton County Medical Society met at Denver House with Mrs. Arthur Lippert hostess and Mrs. Nathan Hale presiding. Mrs. Frank Plymire and Mrs. Thomas Faehnle are co-chairs of the upcoming Christmas bazaar.

Workers of Local 586 of the United Automobile Workers at the Irwin Auger Bit Co. in Wilmington went on strike Sept. 4, 1946. The minimum wage there was 55 cents and workers sought 84 cents. The strike finally ended on Oct. 28 when the sides agreed to resume negotiations. Can you tell us more? Share it at info@wnewsj.com. The photo, which was taken by Robert McNemar, is courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Society. Like this image? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more info, visit www.clintoncountyhistory.org; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/11/web1_IMG_7429.jpgWorkers of Local 586 of the United Automobile Workers at the Irwin Auger Bit Co. in Wilmington went on strike Sept. 4, 1946. The minimum wage there was 55 cents and workers sought 84 cents. The strike finally ended on Oct. 28 when the sides agreed to resume negotiations. Can you tell us more? Share it at info@wnewsj.com. The photo, which was taken by Robert McNemar, is courtesy of the Clinton County Historical Society. Like this image? Reproduction copies of this photo are available by calling the History Center. For more info, visit www.clintoncountyhistory.org; follow them on Facebook @ClintonCountyHistory; or call 937-382-4684. Clinton County History Center

Thank you to Jack Rose, who let us know that last week’s photo was of the water plant on Wall Street (not Prairie Avenue). And thank you to Janet Stanforth, who provided us with the identities of the 1989-90 Martinsville Elementary faculty which we ran on Sept 3: from left, top row: Claire Ropp, speech; Susan Myers Bradshaw, kindergarten; Melissa Krause, second grade; Connie Page, LD; Shirley Conover Robinson, cook; and Faith Baxter Lykins, third grade; middle, Faye Haines Mahaffey, music; Sam Lewis, principal; Elsie Donovan Fields, secretary; and Millard Spradlin, custodian; and, bottom, Helen Hodson, first grade; Barbara Atley, fifth grade; Cherie McIntire Dixon, fourth grade; and Yvonne Hayes, cook.