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Correspondence of Richard M. Hobbie

Federal Food Administrator for Alabama 1917-1919

National Archives Identifier 1693128

 

This series consists of letters and telegrams sent and received by the Alabama State Food Administration relating to the organization and operation of U.S. Food Administration programs in the state. The series includes reports, printed rules and regulations, press releases and announcements issued by the U.S. Food Administration headquarters, appointment papers, staff rosters, mailing lists of organizations and professional groups, newspaper articles and advertisements, posters, photographs, pledge cards, license applications and reports, statistical reports submitted by various types of businesses and farmers, fair price schedules, circulars, bulletins, and notices. The correspondence includes letters to and from private citizens and local businesses explaining the mechanics of the food-related programs of the U.S. Food Administration, letters relating to violations of rationing and fair price regulations, and correspondence with other Food Administration officials. The records also document enforcement investigations of and actions against individuals and businesses that violated regulations.

 

Box 1

 

  1. Sugar Distribution Certificates
  2. 101A-C1 K-Ref - Check out Card
  3. 201-1-100 Sale and Purchase of Flour, Jan-March 1918
  4. 201-101-200, Guidelines for Sale of Flour and Substitutes, Jan-March, 1918
  5. 201-201-300, Sale and Purchase of Flour, April-May, 1918
  6. 201-301-400, Sale and Purchase of Flour, June-July, 1918
  7. 201-401-500, Sale and Purchase of Flour, June-September, 1918
  8. 201-501-600, Sale and Purchase of Flour, June-November, 1818

Box 2

 

  1. 201/601-623, Victory Mixed Flour, Flour Substitutes
  2. 202/1-100, Buying and Selling Sugar for various purposes.
  3. 202/101-200, Buying and Selling Sugar for various purposes.
  4. 202/201-300, Buying and Selling Sugar, Requests for Increased Allotments
  5. 202/301-400, Selling Sugar

Box 3

 

  1. 203/101-200, Sale and Purchase of Corn, May-November, 1918
  2. 204/1-100, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal, Jan-Feb, 1918
  3. 204/101/200, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal, Feb-March, 1918
  4. 204/201-300, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal, Jan-March 1918

Box 4

 

  1. 204/301-400, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal, Jan-Aug, 1918
  2. 204/401-500, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal Substitutes, July-Nov, 1918
  3. 204/501-600, Sale and Purchase of Flour and Cereal Substitutes, Nov-Dec, 1918
  4. 205/1-100, Buying Cottonseed and Cottonseed Meal, Jan-April, 1918
  5. 205/101-200, Buying Cottonseed and Cottonseed Meal, Feb-Oct, 1918

Box 5

 

  1. 205/201-300, Sale and Purchase of Cottonseed and Cottonseed Meal, Aug-Oct, 1918.
  2. 205/301-400, Sale and Purchase of Cottonseed and Cottonseed Meal, Aug-Oct, 1918.
  3. 205/401-500, Sale and Purchase of Cottonseed, Oct-Nov, 1918.
  4. 205/501-604, Sale and Purchase of Cottonseed, Oct 1918-Jan 1919.
  5. 206, Sale and Purchase of Peanut Cake and Meal.

Box 6

 

  1. 207, B215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918
  2. Using and Selling Dairy Products-Milk, Butter, and Cheese.
  3. 208, Buying and Selling Seafood.
  4. 209, Buying and Selling Poultry and Eggs.
  5. 210/1-100, Buying and Selling Produce.
  6. 210/101-225, Buying and Selling Produce, etc.
  7. 211, Buying and Selling controlled Livestock and Poultry Feeds.

Box 7

 

  1. 212, Regulations for Bakeries, Restaurants, Hotels, etc., Jan-Aug, 1918
  2. 213, Regulations for Spoiled Produces, Meatless and Wheatless days, etc., Sept 1917-July 1918.
  3. 214, Buying and Selling Corn Products, Dec 1917-May 1918.
  4. 215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918.
  5. 215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918.
  6. 215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918.
  7. 215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918.

 Box 8

 

  1. 215, Requests for Government Publications, Jan 1917-March 1918.
  2. 215, Instructions for Grain Loading, June-Dec, 1918.
  3. 216, Buying and Selling Flour, Sugar, Corn, Peas, Sorghum, etc., Jan-May 1918.
  4. 216, Buying and Selling Wool, Cotton Oil, Hay, Peanuts, Hogs, etc.,
  5. 217, Buying and Selling Cattle, Hogs, and Lamb, Feb 1917-Dec 1918.
  6. 217, Buying Selling Green Coffee, Dec 1917-May 1918.

Box 9

 

  1. 218, Completed Questionnaires sent to Merchants, June 1917-June 1918.
  2. 218, Failure of Merchants and Dealers to Make Monthly Reports, June-July, 1918.
  3. 218, Failure of Merchants and Dealers to Make Monthly Reports, July 1918.
  4. 218, Failure of Merchants and Dealers to Make Monthly Reports, June-July, 1918.
  5. 218, Failure of Merchants and Dealers to Make Monthly Reports, June-Nov, 1918.

Box 10

 

  1. 219-220, Folder Empty
  2. 221, Violation of Food Administration Rules.
  3. 222, Violation of Food Administration Rules.
  4. 223, Violation of Sugar Sales.
  5. 224, Violation of Cottonseed, Sugar, and Flour Sales.
  6. 225, Sale of Flour and Cornmeal.
  7. 226, Sale of Various Products.
  8. 227, Violation of Lumber Contract.
  9. 228, Broker’s License.
  10. 229, Requirement for Wholesale License.
  11. 230-231, Folder Empty.
  12. 232, Profiteering.
  13. 233, Folder Empty.
  14. 234, Violations of Meatless and Wheatless days.
  15. 235, Violations for Hoarding.
  16. 236, Spoiled Food.

Box 11

 

  1. 237/1-50, Letters dealing with Hoarding of Foodstuffs, Feb-April, 1918.
  2. 237/51-100, Food Administration Violations, March-April, 1918.
  3. 237/101-200, Food Administration Violations, Dec 1917-May, 1918.
  4. 237/201-250, Food Administration Violations, March-May, 1918.
  5. 237/201-250, Food Administration Violations, March-May, 1918.

Box 12

 

  1. 237/301-350, Food Administration Violations.
  2. 237/351-400, Food Administration Violations.
  3. 237/401-483, Food Administration Violations.
  4. 238, Purchase and Use of Fertilizers by Farmers.
  5. 239/1-100, Price of Cottonseed, Profits of Mills and Ginners.
  6. 239/101-205, Price for Ginning Cotton approved by Food Administration.

 Box 13

 

  1. 240, License Cards; Price for Southern Hogs.
  2. 241, License Cards; License Requirements.
  3. 242, License Requirements, License Violations, Violations on Sale of Sugar.
  4. 243, License Requirements, License Requests.
  5. 244 (1-100), License Applications and Requests.
  6. 244 (101-200), License Applications and Requests.
  7. 244 (201-300), License Applications and Requests.
  8. 244 (301-400), License Applications and Requests.

Box 14

 

  1. 244 (401-460), License Applications and Requests.
  2. 245, Baker’s License’s
  3. 246 (1-100), Miller’s Licenses.
  4. 246 (101-200), Miller’s Licenses.
  5. 246 (201-300, Miller’s Licenses.
  6. 246 (301-394), Miller’s Licenses.
  7. 247, License Applications for Storage and Milling of Velvet Beans.
  8. 248, President Wilson’s Proclamation requiring Licenses.

Box 15

 

  1. 249 (1-39), Government Control of Prices.
  2. 250 (1-21), Farmer’s Union.
  3. 251 (3-100), Inquiries about License Requirements.
  4. 251 (101-200), Inquiries about License Requirements.
  5. 251 (201-300), Inquiries about License Requirements.
  6. 251 (301-369), Inquiries about License Requirements.
  7. 260-263 Pledge Cards, Canned Goods, Appointments to Food Administration.

Box 16

 

  1. 264, Letters concerning African-American support.
  2. 265, Price Guidelines, Statistical Reports.
  3. 266, Farm Labor.
  4. 267 (1-100), Publicity.
  5. 267 (1-100 (2)), Publicity
  6. 268, Purchases.
  7. 269, Purchases and Applications.
  8. 272 (1-100), Food Hoarding, etc.

 Box 17

 

  1. 272 (101-200), Guidelines and Organization.
  2. 272 (201-300), Guidelines and Organization.
  3. 272 (301-400), Guidelines and Organization.
  4. 272 (401-500), Guidelines and Organization.
  5. 272 (501-600), Guidelines and Organization.
  6. 272 (601-700), Guidelines and Organization.

Box 18

 

  1. 272 (701-800), Guidelines and Organization.
  2. 272 (801-900), Guidelines and Organization.
  3. 272 (901-1000), Guidelines and Organization.
  4. 272 (1001-1100), Guidelines and Organization.
  5. 272 (1101-1210), Guidelines and Organization.
  6. 281, Appointments to Alabama Food Administration Positions.

Box 19

 

  1. 282 (1-110), Vouchers
  2. 282 (111-166), Payroll Checks
  3. 283, Travel Vouchers.
  4. 284, Organization.
  5. 285-289, Missing
  6. 290 (1-114), Misc. Correspondence.
  7. 290 (115-239), Misc. Correspondence.

Box 20

 

  1. Aroostock Feed Mill Co.
  2. Ashport Feed Mill Co.
  3. A.C. Allen - Not a Registered Miller
  4. Aliceville Mercantile Co., Aliceville, AL.
  5. Air Nitrate Corporation v. Orr, Jackson & Co.
  6. J.W. Batson v. Clark Milling Co.
  7. Beason Brothers v. Smith Grain & Grocery Co., Whitney, AL.
  8. J.R. Burgess, Florence, AL - Hoarding Flour and Sugar.
  9. Harry Block, Troy, AL - Selling Excessive Flour.
  10. Frank E. Block Co., Atlanta, GA - Refusing to Accept Shipment of Crackers.
  11. J.M. Blanton, Haleyville, AL - Flour Violations.
  12. Bently, Black & Duke, Athens, AL - Flour Violations.
  13. G.M. Black v. J.M. Brown & Dr. E.S. Meigs.
  14. W.H. Barnes, Heflin, AL - Illicit Distilling.
  15. Bailey Brothers, Jena, AL - Selling Flour at Excessive Profits.
  16. Joseph Chalona Company v. Charles G. Ibach.
  17. W.T. Clay Mercantile Company, Athens, AL - Selling Flour for Excessive Profits.
  18. Coleman and Lavender, Whatley, AL - Overcharges on Flour.
  19. Cannon and Shepperd, Tuscaloosa, AL - Report.
  20. The Calumette Mining Company, Jasper, AL - Flour in Excess of Allowance.
  21. A.C. Carlton, Carlton, AL - Overcharge for Sugar.
  22. Carter-Reed Co., Russellville, AL - Food Administration Violations.
  23. C.E. Combs, Brewton, AL - Flour Violations.
  24. W.A. Cook, Calumet, AL - Flour Violations.
  25. Cotton
  26. W.A. Dole, Camden, AL - Overcharge for Sugar.
  27. Pat M. Donnelly, Camden, AL - Excess Profits on Sugar and Flour.
  28. M.B. Dewey, Loxley, AL - Excess Profits on Sugar.
  29. James Deckert, Tuscumbia, AL - Excess Profits on Sugar and Flour.
  30. Hoover Letters.
  31. Undisposed of Reports.
  32. Home Card Campaign - World Relief.
  33. Mailing lists.

Box 21

 

  1. Publicity. Miscellaneous - Hoover Kitchen
  2. Weekly Press.
  3. Press and Bulletins.
  4. Western Newspaper Unions.

Box 22

 

  1. Educational Division.
  2. Circular Letters
  3. Circular Letters - Washington, DC
  4. Deferments for Food Administration Workers.
  5. Fairs.

Correspondence of Richard M. Hobbie

With County Food Agents, Alabama Agricultural Agencies, Federal Agencies, Individuals, Businesses, and Colleges

 

Box 1

 

  1. Treasury Department, Wheat Campaign.
  2. Purchase of Alabama Agricultural Products by the Army.
  3. Empty Folder.
  4. Appointment of District Director of Home Economics.
  5. Cotton Oil Mills Production.
  6. Empty Folder.
  7. Coal Production. Coal Strike.
  8. Empty Folder.
  9. Food Survey Act.
  10. Request to Operate Shoe Shine Stand at Camp Sheridan.
  11. Hotel and Restaurant Committee.
  12. War Income Tax.
  13. County Newspapers.
  14. Sweet Feed Manufacturer’s Association.
  15. Library War Council for Alabama.
  16. Land Due to Mrs. Sadler Abercrombie and Mrs. Annie Vandiver.
  17. Deferments for Food Administration Employees.
  18. Empty Folder.
  19. Job Requests.
  20. Appointment of Richard M Hobbie as Federal Food Administrator for Alabama.
  21. Woman’s Committee of Council for National Defense of Alabama.
  22. Four Minute Men Movement.
  23. Food Preparedness Bureau of Birmingham.
  24. The Council of Defense.
  25. U.S. Public Service Reserve.
  26. Fire Prevention Rules.
  27. Discontinued Train Service.
  28. Trapping Buzzards.
  29. County Farmer Organizations.
  30. Request of Speakers for the Montgomery Fair.
  31. Midwestern States Crop Report.
  32. Canning and Drying of Fish.
  33. Surplus Cans.
  34. Import and Export of Alabama Agriculture Products.
  35. Funding for Jackson Highway.
  36. Telegraph and Mail Rates.
  37. Chevy Chase Conference Report, July 1917.

Box 2

 

  1. Job Applications.
  2. Appointments to Food Administration.
  3. Averaging Cost of Goods.
  4. Bids on Printing.
  5. Bakeries - Regulations for Pie Bakers.
  6. Mr. Bragg.
  7. Brokerages.
  8. Bulletins.
  9. Campaign Manager for Alabama.
  10. Campaign Managers for Counties.
  11. Cans
  12. Canned Goods.
  13. Cards Placed in homes of Enlisted Men.

14-21. Demonstration Agents.

22. Corn

23. Cotton Seed

24. Council of National Defense

25. County Organization Lists

26. County Chairmen and Assistants

 

Box 3

 

  1. Cooperation of Chamber of Commerce
  2. County Chairmen and Assistants
  3. Distillation of Food Stuffs into Alcohol
  4. Dry Goods
  5. Executive Committee Appointments
  6. Equipment and Supplies
  7. Expense Vouchers
  8. Farmers
  9. Field Representatives
  10. Farm Labor
  11. Food Pledge Week
  12. Fertilizer
  13. Fuel
  14. Game and Fish
  15. Government Control of Food Prices
  16. Grain Trade Hearings
  17. H.M. Hobbie Grocery Co.
  18. R.M. Hobbie (Personal)
  19. Hogs
  20. Hotel Work
  21. Legal Department
  22. League to Enforce Peace
  23. Liberty Loan Campaign
  24. Library Publicity - Director for Alabama
  25. Library War Council
  26. Literature to be sent to County Chairmen
  27. Magazine Publicity
  28. Mailing List
  29. Marketing of Food Stuffs
  30. Medicinal Herbs
  31. Meetings
  32. Miscellaneous
  33. J.H. Montgomery
  34. Motion Picture Industry
  35. Newspaper Publicity
  36. Oats
  37. Oil Mills
  38. Organizations for Alabama
  39. Organizations for Mississippi
  40. Packing Houses
  41. Peanut Cake
  42. Perishable Food

Box 4

 

  1. Pennsylvania Handbook
  2. Photographs
  3. Printing
  4. Publicity Man for Alabama, Robert H. Mangum
  5. Proclamations (Governor’s and others)
  6. Public Speakers
  7. Public Speakers
  8. Railroad Car Service
  9. Railroad Car Service
  10. Reports
  11. Reports of Food Pledge Cards
  12. Reports on Goods
  13. Registration Work (Colored)
  14. Retail Merchants
  15. Rice
  16. Signed Pledge Cards
  17. Soil Survey Maps
  18. Stenographers
  19. Stock
  20. Stock Yards and Stock Raising
  21. Telegrams
  22. Typewriters
  23. Sugar
  24. Sweet Potatoes
  25. Telegraph of Frank
  26. Tomatoes
  27. Transportation
  28. U.S. Voucher for Traveling Expenses
  29. Velvet Beans
  30. War Bread - Recipe for
  31. War Mothers
  32. War Savings Committee
  33. Waste in Army Camps
  34. Wheat and Flour
  35. Wholesale Grocers

Correspondence of Richard M. Hobbie With Other Food Administration Agencies, Secret Service, County Agents, Individuals offering their services and Individual Food Businesses

 

Box 5

 

  1. Hotels
  2. Secret Service
  3. Sugar
  4. Child Labor Law
  5. Stenographers
  6. County Chairmen
  7. Missing
  8. Bakeries
  9. Corn
  10. Wheat
  11. Equipment and Supplies
  12. Public Speakers
  13. Transportation Requests
  14. Soft Drinks
  15. Meetings
  16. Sweet Potatoes
  17. Hogs
  18. Cotton Seed
  19. Velvet Beans
  20. Distillation of Grain and Food Stuffs
  21. Applications
  22. Reconsignment of Meats
  23. Bulletins
  24. Marketing of Food Stuffs
  25. Government Control of Prices
  26. Cooperation of Churches
  27. Cooperation of Colleges
  28. Waste of Farmlands
  29. Signing of Pledge Cards
  30. Farmers
  31. Freight Rates
  32. Auditor
  33. Oil Mills
  34. War Time Cooking School
  35. Butter
  36. Brokerages
  37. Livestock
  38. War Saving Certificates and Bonds
  39. Statistical Reporting
  40. Express Accounts
  41. Flour
  42. Sales of Commodities
  43. Appointments
  44. Publicity Directors
  45. Mailing Lists
  46. Hay
  47. Waste in Army Camps
  48. Salt
  49. Newspaper Publicity
  50. Tea
  51. Rice
  52. Office Expenses
  53. Car Loading
  54. Syrup
  55. Fuel Administrator
  56. Retail Merchants
  57. Colored Organization
  58. Home Economics
  59. Grocers
  60. Peanuts
  61. Transportation
  62. Combination Sales
  63. Reports
  64. Food Survey Reports
  65. Nitrates
  66. Hoarding
  67. Price Fixing Committee
  68. Violation of Food Laws

Correspondence of Richard M. Hobbie with other Food Administration Agencies, Businesses, Colleges, and Field Agents

 

Box 6

 

  1. Cotton Seed
  2. Cotton Oil
  3. Cotton Seed
  4. Wholesale Grocers
  5. Miscellaneous
  6. Correspondence (Alphabetical by Person)

Box 7

 

  1. Cotton Ginning (Folder Destroyed)
  2. Cotton Ginning and Pricing (Folder Ripped)

 Box 8

 

  1. General Correspondence (Chronological) February 1918-December 1918
  1. General Correspondence (Chronological) June 1918-September 1918
  1. General Correspondence (Chronological) August 1918-January 1919
  1. General Correspondence (Chronological) January 1919-February 1919

Correspondence Regarding Licenses, 1917-1918

National Archives Identifier 6037169

 

This series consists of letters sent and received by the Alabama State Food Administrator relating to the granting of permits and licenses, and the interpretation of U.S. Food Administration rules and regulations.

 

Box 1

 

  1. 1-A - Guidelines, Requests, Laws
  2. 1-B - Licenses for Production, Manufacture, Sale of Commodities

Education Division Correspondence, 1917-1919

National Archives Identifier 6037171

This series consists of correspondence regarding the distribution of material throughout the state of Alabama. Also included are the mailing lists of farmers in Alabama.

Box 1

 

  1. General Correspondence
  2. General Correspondence
  3. General Correspondence
  4. Mailing Lists (Lists of 20 Farmers for Each County)
  5. Mailing Lists
  6. Reports
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