October 27, 1911

Republican Governor Herbert Spencer Hadley proposed that prisoners in county jails be permitted to work on the new cross-state highways in exchange for shortened jail sentences. Hadley served one term was Missouri’s 32nd governor (1909 to 1913).

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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