The city was growing at record rates. Good jobs were abundant. It’s hard for present day leaders to imagine these as problems but in Connersville in 1917, they certainly were.
In November 1917, a very contentious city election took place after several years of being led by Democrats. A big push was put on by local manufacturers and leaders to elect a man with business experience and a different approach to government. The administration of Mayor Phillip Braun had some controversy with his political appointments, and many were ready for a change.