Chief River Falls, Minn., March 8, 1915 Governor Wm. Spry, Salt Lake, Utah. Dear Sir: We, tthe undersigned, American citizens believing in fiar play and that no man is guilty until proved to be so beyong a reasonable doubt, hereby petition that you use your influence and office in behalf of Joe Hill, who has been convicted of murder and sentenced to be shot in your state. We petittion that his execution be delayed and that he be given a fair opportunity to prove his innocense of which we are convinced. The fact that Joe Hill was a member of the I.W.W. Organization seems to have been the strongest evidence against him. No man should be condemned because he belongs to a certain organization or political party and woe unto Amereica if such will be the established law. Neitthere should any man be condemned and sentenced to death on such flimsy evidence as was presented in the case of Joe Hill. On behalf of humanity and the American idea of a square deal, we ask that you stay the execution of Joe Hill.
C. E. [Illegible] Frank Mausley Claus Jacobson S.H. [R?] O. A. Naplin W. H. Quick A. B. Haugen [ Einal Selotad] P.L. [Siltauney?] L. Frost Jax Shafen S.G. Rumhann Kurt Sappagard Oscar J. Johnson Arne E. Sandres Martin Andersson N. D. Halerson Cleff Wagner Peter Harvestad L. J. [illegible] H. Rivtad Chas. Fiterman H. P. [Ohm?] [Illegible] O. Christofferson Peter A. Nelson L. W. Fosser Oh. Dergaard E. J. Eberhardt P. A. [Illegible] Ed Odelm
D. C. Cavananaugh T. Tharaldson C. E. Boyden J. J. Lorach Sr John A. Haag Norman Johnson Krant Kruskse Frankl Bergling Geo Swanson O. U. Lawrence J. H. Groberg J. W. Erlandson O. H. Nelson Theo Salverson Chris C Gulrud F. A. Brown
Fred Roth T. C. Bevelham Otis Carlson Ira Richardson John Meyeir E T. Emmerson Sven Halverson Charles Nordquist Albert Larson C. M. Carlson P. O. Nelson John Baker Lars Haslerud Frank Bourguill L. O. Roberston H. Hadrath
D Cavanagh Fred Roth T Tharaldson JC Benchham ? CE Boyden Otto Carlson JJ Vorachek Ira C Richardson John A Waag ? John Meyer Norman Johnson ET Emmerson Knut Krucksen ? Swen ? Halverson Frank Bergling Charles Nordquist Geo Suanson Albert Larson ?? Lawson CM Carlson CJH ?oberg PO Nelson JW Erlandson John Baker OH Nelson Lars Hoslerud Theo Salvarson Frank Bourq??? Chris C Gulrud LO Robertson ?A Brown H Hadroth WO Long Samuel Johnson Ole A Fosse FH Baker NJ Berglund ??????? Pa?????? FE Keen Je??? Blake C Skaalmo Mrs Peter A Nelson
Minneapolis Minn April 1916 Govenor Spry
I have read a good deal about you in magazines and public papers and I do not believe you are the kind off a man that would murder a person but the people off Minneapolis say you had Joe Hillstrom killed with out a fair trial Off course I just heard some judges and lywers [discuing?] while at lunch I sincerely hope you will go to church and have tthat stain washed for your childrens sake as well as your own
Minneapolis Minn July 28th 1915
Hon. Wm. Spry Governor of Utah.
We, the undersigned, do hereby petition for the release of our Comrade Joseph Hillstrom, who we believe was unjustly sentenced.
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