Name: Frank McVey

Age/DoB:  Jan. 30, 1882


County of Conviction: Gallatin

Judicial District:  9th

Case No.: 6157-A

Date of Conviction: June 3, 1918

Sentence: 2-4 years






Allegations: At Carl Hopping's restaurant in Logan on April 11, 1918, said "I do not see why we should be fighting the Kaiser, and I don't see why people should go crazy over patriotism. The Kaiser and his government is better than the U.S.A. I would go over to Germany if I could."


Case Details: Arrested after incident in which he allegedly became angry over shortage of sugar in his coffee due to wartime food regulations. According to Bozeman Chronicle, "The floater wanted four or five big spoonsful. "You won't get it," stated Hopping. "I will," yelled McVey. He pulled a paper sack full of sugar from his pocket and poured a liberal stream of sweetening into his cup. He did not drink the coffee, however, because Hopping and [patron C.W.] Clary objected strenuously. After the seditionist was gone Mr. and Mrs. Hopping and Clary interviewed the county atty, who instigated McVey's arrest." Convicted in jury trial. Jury returned verdict in 10 minutes. Counsel H.S. Farris. Served 26 months in Deer Lodge. Released Aug. 6, 1920.


Personal Information:   Born in Illinois. Had recently arrived in Montana. Worked as a laborer. Described by Powell Co. Post as "Another IWW who loves Germany and Kultur."


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