The League Goes Into Business; Expansion Seen in Other States

Bismarck
January 15, 1918

Depending upon its loyal membership for financial support, League leaders have gone into merchandising, banking, and newspaper publishing. The Consumers’ United Stores Company has opened up stores in Kenmare, Minot, and Crosby. Two dozen more are planned for other towns. The stores buy directly from manufacturers and sell groceries, clothing, farm implements, and hardware to their customers at a price lower than other local businesses can charge. The League Exchange, operated by NPL insiders, has gained control of the Scandinavian-American Bank in Fargo and is convincing farmers to put up capital for banks in many other towns.

Realizing that control of the press is important for success, the League is acquiring as many newspapers as it can. It has purchased the Fargo Courier News and has organized the Northwest Publishers’ Service, which is in the process of buying or establishing 45 small-town papers. Townley and League leaders are not content with just their success in North Dakota. They have moved their offices from Fargo to St. Paul, and the North Dakota Farmers’ Nonpartisan League has become the National Nonpartisan League. Townley has organizers working throughout Minnesota and 12 other farm states. He hopes eventually to make the League a powerful national third party.

By Dr. D. Jerome Tweton

Source

Originally published as The North Star Dakotan student newspaper, written by Dr. D. Jerome Tweton and supported by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Grade Level

5, 7-12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

North Star Dakotan:

Journals and Art Work: The Indian People, The Trade, and The Land

The Indian People

The Purchase and Exploration of Louisiana

The Fur Trade

Dakota Territory

The Military Frontier

The Reservation System

George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

The Great Dakota Boom, 1878-1890

Reservation Troubles, 1886-1890

The Making of a State and a Constitution

The North Dakota Economy, 1890-1915

Life on the Indian Reservations

The North Dakota National Guard and the Philippines

North Dakota, The Great War and After

The Nonpartisan League's Rise to Power

The Nonpartisan League in Power

The Nonpartisan League's Decline

The 1920s

1930s: North Dakota's Economic and Political Climate

The New Deal in North Dakota

The Road to World War II

North Dakota and American Society

North Dakota Optimism and Economic Developments

North Dakota and Political Change

Related Links

“The Letters of Effie Hanson, 1917-1923: Farm Life in Troubled Times (Winter 1981) compiled and edited by Frances Wold, pp. 162-171. Centennial Anthology of North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains “The Letters of Effie Hanson, 1917-1923: Farm Life in Troubled Times” (Winter 1981) compiled and edited by Frances Wold, pp. 162-171. Centennial Anthology of North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains