Monday, August 6, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 6

August 6, 1920 – An order directing payment of back pay to members of the First Minnesota field artillery and certain companies of the Minnesota infantry was issued today by the militia bureau to the Central Army Dept. at Chicago, according to word received this evening from Washington. The pay has been held up for more than a year and is said to be due for the period between the mobilization of the unit and its induction into federal service.

Congressman Walter H. Newton of Minneapolis took the matter of the back pay up with the bureau, bringing it to attention about a month ago. His appeal for action was followed later by Colonel Minnigerode and Major S. G. Collins, who urged payment of the funds due the Minnesota men.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “First Minnesota Men’s Back Pay Authorized”; Aug. 7, 1920; p. 2.

Minnesota Capitol Grounds

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 8-06-2018, 
as long as acknowledgement included.

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