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Notification of Discharge of Guard, March 12, 1917

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Notiification of Discharge of Guard, March 1917

Notification of Discharge of Guard

NOTE—When a Manager for any cause discharges a guard he must
fill out this blank, showing fully the cause of discharge, giving correct
dates, and forward same to the Chairman of the Prison Commission.

TEXAS STATE PENITENTIARIES

Ramsey State Farm Convict Camp.

Chairman, Board of Prison Commissioners:

I have on this, the 12 day of March A.D. 1917
suspended from the service of the State as guard of convicts
Mr. B.F. Miller who has guarded
for me since the 13 day of December A.D. 1917 [sic]

This suspension is made for the following reasons, to-wit:
(State the charge.)

Allowing three convicts to escape. Mr. Miller
shot at these convicts but at a considerable
distance in the brush. For this reason I do
not consider this a case for blacklist, but th[e]
fact that he had permitted these convicts to
[go] beyond a wire fence, in the edge of the brush
and practically beyond his control, I would
recommend that he be suspended from the servic[e]
for a period of 60 or 90 days from March 12th.

This is the 12 day of March A.D. 1917

KF Cunningham

Manager Ramsey State Farm Convict Force.

NOTE—The Manager in charge may remove any guard from his
force for any good cause, same to be final when reported to and ap-
proved by the Board of Prison Commissioners. A Manager who
knowingly employs a guard whose name is on the discharge [text missing]
who fails to promptly discharge a guard for a flagrant violat[ion] [text missing]
Rules of the Penitentiaries, shall himself be discharged.

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Notification of discharge of guard, March 12, 1917. Employee Ledgers, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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