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Monroe Michigan, Thursday February 21, 1895
It was truly amazing, if not the most pleasing, for a democrat to see the republicans who responded to a call for the county convention, last Saturday.  The Court House wasn’t large enough to hold them and they slopped over on all sides like soap suds.  They manifested the haughty air of ownership and had things generally their own way.  The hallway down stairs was one noisy, writhing mass where pandemonium reigned.  The office doors would open and above the clatter could occasionally be heard the conventional “hallow, Bill:” Charlie, Harry, or Hank: but there seemed to be an absence of similar courtesy to Judge Dunbar—possibly on account of the dignity of the office, but probably because the Judge was more democratic.  Clerk Campbell had a box of “Little Havana’s” on tap for his friends and they fairly made the dingy walls look blue.  The supreme confidence they manifested in their superiorty of numbers was simply ridiculous.  They seemed to imagine every democrat was a turn-coat and would be inveighled into the ranks by the asking, simply because enough democrats voted with them to give them a majority last fall. 

At 11:20 chairman of the county committee J.W. Billmire rapped for order, and read the call.  Henry Herkimer, of London Township, was called in to preside.  Several attempts were made to secure a temporary secretary, but none seemed to think themselves eligible till they reached Charles Wadsworth of Summerfield.  On motion the chair appointed the following committees:  Credentials—Chas. G. Morris, William Reeves, and Samuel Lautenslager, Permanent Organization and Order of Business—Simeon VanAikin, Harry A. Lockwood, and H.C. McLachlin.  Mr. VanAikin objected to the appointment of a committee on resolutions for fear something (latent in the republican minds and hearts) would be said that would anger and drive away from their ranks some of the supposed unsophisticated converts.  Mr. Morris wanted the committee for the purpose of booming Judge Kinne for the Supreme bench; but the motion was lost, and the convention adjourned till 1:30.  Then the pulling and hauling began again.  Joseph R. Rogers, of Bedford, and Charles H. Carrick, of Petersburg, both wanted to be County Commissioner of Schools, and proposed to fight for the honors.  The most of the young men were for Carrick, and the old for Rogers. 

On reconvening the convention accepted and adopted the reports of the committees.  Chairman Herkimer seemed to size up his crowd pretty well, and after he had thanked them for the honor conferred, begged of them to be “fair and honest” in their deliberations.  Burton Parker was elected chairman of the delegation, owing to his talking proclivities, and the others were elected as follows by acclamation:  Thos. R. Waters, Josiah Hall, William Knapp, Charles Angerer, Harry A. Lockwood, John Volker, M.J. Howe, Samuel L. Wallace, Col. I.R. Grosvenor, William J. Kellie, Frank Lautenslager, Gen. Geo. Spaulding, and Dr. Geo. W. Richardson.  They were instructed to vote in a body for Judge E.D. Kinne.  J.W. Meadows and George W. Doty were elected tellers, and then began the jangle for County Commissioner.  Ballots were liberally distributed to democrats as well as republicans, and then they quarreled over the manner of voting.  Mr. Wadsworth wanted each candidate to get up and announce himself and show the convention what he was.  Mike Smith took exceptions, and thought it wasn’t right for a man to delineate himself, and was sustained.  There seemed to be no end to the fellows who were loaded with nominating speeches, when once the ice was broken.  Mr. Wadsworth, Sr., captured the convention with his remarks extolling the virtues and merits of Mr. Carrick.  He said he would not say anything derogatory of Mr. Rogers, but that he and Rogers were friends, and had both taught school a considerable, and he himself would not think of attempting to cope with a young progressive teacher of today.  He didn’t believe his friend Rogers had kept up with the times more than he; and he believed Rogers, like himself, was one of the “has beens.”  About three o’clock the chair put a motion to proceed to ballot, and it carried, ending the oratorical contest slightly to Carrick’s favor.  After the ballots were counted the complexion changed.  Rogers had his man downed 73 to 61.  George W. Hurd, of Dundee then jumped up and gave the convention to understand the western part of the county would swallow Rogers all right enough, and the convention adjourned. 

February 28, 1895
An Echo of the republican convention held in the city last Saturday was, after the convention was over a  couple of the truly loyal got to arguing the respective merits of the two candidates for school commissioner when one slapped the others mouth.  The fellow who got slapped cried like a calf, then the two made up and are going to vote ‘er straight—they all do that.  They never split no matter what happens.

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