I.W.W. “stickerettes” in 1917 publication + other blog posts on “stickerettes”

I found another early reference to I.W.W. stickerettes from The International Socialist Review dated February 1917 (Vol. XVII, No. 8, page 455). An article called “Hitting the Trail in the Lumber Camps” by Harrison George states,

“WHILE the Lumber Workers’ Union, the bull-pup of the Industrial Workers of the World, was in convention at Portland, Ore., during the last week of December, the rumblings of revolt began half way across the continent among workers of that industry in Minnesota.

North and westward of the Mesaba Iron Range lies millions of acres of swamp lands. In the primeval state, these swamps were covered with magnificent forests where roamed the Indian and the fur-bearing fox, bear and beaver. In this section John Jacob Astor’s fur business in the early times laid the base of the present Astorcrat fortune. A very simple process-the Indians skinned the animals and Astor skinned the Indians.

Later huge land grants the railroads secured by bribery and worse practices, opened the forests to the pillage of the Lumber Trust. Where the government yet retained title to timber lands, the lumber trust in open defiance simply entered and stole the finest of timber and used the political axe on all annoying officials.

It has remained for the I. W. W. with a battle line extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Lakes to shake Weyerhauser’s control to its foundation. With the success of the A. W. O. No. 400 the past summer a strenuous campaign began among the lumber workers. Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and Minnesota are the states where the lumber camps began to be thoroly [sic] decorated with ‘wobbly’ stickerettes and dotted with job delegates.

Result was that when a flying squad from Virginia, Minn., brought news to the north woods camps that the sawmill men were on strike under the banner of the ONE BIG UNION, nearly four thousand lumberjacks came pell-mell out of the woods as though driven out by a forest fire. “Strike! Strike!” was the word that flew from camp to camp, and STRIKE they did—industrially—the winning program.”

For more on stickerettes, see my other blog posts:

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See also my I.W.W. “Stickerettes” Bibliography.