Affairs of State
The year 1933 did not see the solution of depression and drought problems in Kansas, but it had seen many attempts at solution. Landon had played the roles of supplicant, federal agent, and sovereign participant in trying to secure relief and recovery. He--and his fellow governors--would continue to play these roles, almost without realizing that the function of a governor in the United States had changed radically. For Kansas, the governor's federal relations during the early New Deal days were to be more important in tackling the state's problems than his state powers. But the state functions, which existed separately and parallel to his federal functions, were nonetheless demanding.
After the adjournment of the state legislature in March, 1933, Governor Landon was confronted with a variety of state tasks. The roster of state appointive offices had to be filled, which was difficult in those depression days--not so much in acquiring talent as in deciding which capable men to select. Harry Darby, a dynamic young businessman and past president of the state chamber of commerce, was appointed--with sweeping powers of reorganization--director of the state's largest department, the Highway Department. John G. Stutz, director of the state relief organization under Governor Woodring, was continued in that office under Landon. Seth G. Wells was made director of the new Department of Inspections, and Ellis D. Bever was