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Letter from H. L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew about a the creation of the Progressive Party in South Dakota. The back of the letter is a copy of an article written by Loucks called 'The Grange and the Farmers' Problems,'; which discusses the European system of farmer cooperation and advocates its adaptation in the United States.

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Letter from H. L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew about the development of the Progressive Party. Loucks believes that the name should be changed due to the bad public image of progressivism. He mentions the anti-Catholic sentiments during the elections of 1914 around the country. He also talks about President Woodrow Wilson's policies and his tendency to support special interest groups. Loucks proposes a strategy for the Progressive Party for the 1916 elections. He also comments that the Republican candidate (Coe I. Crawford) wants to contest the election of Edwin Stockton Johnson (Democratic candidate) as Senator of South Dakota. Loucks states that he would like to see an investigation into the primary and election for the Senate seat.

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H. L. Loucks writes about his desire to be involved in politics at the national level. He mentions Richard O. Richards will continue his work with the primary law amendments and Loucks believes he will be an ally in the elections. He suggests that Pettigrew should contact progressive leaders throughout the United States.

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H.L. Loucks asks R. F. Pettigrew to read a copy of an address he gave at a meeting in St. Paul. Loucks states that he will not take part in the primary elections and that he cannot be part of the Progressive Party with Roosevelt and Perkins leading it. He feels that the Socialist Party's views are too narrow for him to join them. Loucks suggests that there is a good prospect in South Dakota for the rise of an independent party.

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H.L. Loucks speaks of his manuscript to R.F. Pettigrew, which he is saddened that he must cut down so as to sell the finished manuscript for a set price. Loucks also mentions that he and Pettigrew should begin to plan for a general conference after the national convention. A mention of Richard O. Richards is also made near the end of the letter speaking of the national convention.

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H.L. Loucks congratulates R.F. Pettigrew on his recent political fight, saying that Pettigrew gathered a substantial victory. Loucks also mentions his manuscript, the leaflet of Pettigrew's, and the potential publisher of both manuscripts. State primaries are coming and Loucks hope to circumvent any voting too far away from their party lines.

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H.L. Loucks continues his previous discussion with R.F. Pettigrew concerning his manuscript and the purpose of said manuscript for their party. Loucks does not intend to wait for the potential publisher and instead plans to move ahead. Loucks hopes that Pettigrew will finish his review of the manuscript soon and forward the manuscript to Thomas Watson.

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Loucks mentions to R.F. Pettigrew that Hampton is eager for Loucks to prepare an outline of his plan for 'rural credits.' Loucks briefs Pettigrew on the happenings of the Sioux Falls Conference in which his outline has been successful. Loucks also speaks of the new leadership within their organization and who will be helping to lead their organization.

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R.F. Pettigrew discusses with H.L. Loucks the plan for rural credits which has not yet arrived. Pettigrew strongly states his opposition to class legislation as well as the explanation for such opposition. Pettigrew briefly states his eagerness to write a letter for Pearson's Magazine on the topic of class legislation.

Don Hunter, Representative Ben Reifel, and Merle Flyger

Representative Ben Reifel meets with Don Hunter of Centerville, South Dakota and Merle Flyger of Hurley, South Dakota to talk about the sugar beet industry in South Dakota, Representative Reifel holds a bowl of sugar cubes for Hunter and Flyger to put in their coffee

Dr. Ben Reifel presiding over an assembly discussing Indian boarding school issues

Dr. Ben Reifel presiding over an assembly discussing Indian boarding school issues, seated at the table are Olaf Nelson, reservation principal at Ft. Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, O.R. Sande, superintendent at Wahpeton Boarding School in North Dakota, and Herman Bogard, superintendent at Flandreau Boarding School in Flandreau, South Dakota

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