70 years ago today - Sep 23, 1949

[J. Reuben Clark]
Marion Romney called; he said the striking miners are stopping trucks on Solider Summit and the State Road Patrol are protecting those who want to come through, and he has told the Church trucks to come on through. Pres. Taylor of one of the Carbon Stakes says the situation is very tense, the men are pretty sullen; he does not think they can do much, the men are pretty well dominated by the unions; they understand the coal the Church is getting out is for hospitals and Church purposes. Bro. Romney said the unions had threatened to fine any of our members who worked in the Church mine for less than the fixed Union scale, they will let them work outside, but not go into the mines. Pres. Clark approved what Bro. Romney had done, but said that they did not want any accidents and have anybody killed. Bro. Romney said they had three trucks down there; that they only had 500 tons of coal which would only last the hospital a little while ...

Called Leo Young in Mark Petersen's office and cautioned the News on the way they handled the strike question, telling him of the trucks coming from the Church mine to the Hospitals; they did not want anything said that would incite the miners against letting the trucks through.

[The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

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