The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike

By Orville Thrasher Gooden | Go to book overview
Save to active project

CHAPTER XI
PETE VENABLE AND OTHERS

THE Memphis Commercial Appeal sent a staff correspondent to Harrison at the time of the uprising in January, 1923. In addition to regular news items, a feature story was sent in under date of January 20, and published the next day. This story was reprinted entire, or in part, by many of the local papers. The following excerpts are quoted from the Jacksonian Headlight of January 25, 1923:

Pete Venable conducted one of the most profitable enterprises along the line of the Missouri & North Arkansas railroad during the two years he directed the strike of 700 employees. His executive position as rail strike director paid him $300 per month salary, along with the perquisites. The perquisites are said to have been considerable. The pay of a railroad freight or passenger train conductor was a mere bagatelle for Pete. In this capacity his earnings ranged only from $150 to around $200 per month.

So, while he was a conductor he was a mere wage earner. As the head of a strike industry he became an executive, a potentate, a major-general in a labor conflict, waxed fat and had little to do. Hence the strike business paid Pete more dividends than legitimate railroading.

Peter had 700 strikers on his pay roll for nearly two years. During one period this pay roll, the funds provided by higher- ups in Cleveland, Indianapolis and Chicago, amounted to around $50,000 monthly. The pay to strikers ranged from $35 to $100 per month for a time, maintenance of way men drawing down $35 per month, while the brakemen, engineers and conductors drew up to $100 per month.

-211-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad Strike
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 278

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?