Livingston Lord Library

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center

Douglas H. Sillers Papers (S2678)

1957-1980


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Douglas H. Sillers was born in Clavin, North Dakota on February 9, 1915.  He was the second son of Archie and Mabel Tuthill Sillers.  His two brothers were Kipling, born in 1913, and Colin, who was born in 1917.  Douglas Sillers completed high school at Calvin, where his father farmed, and left home in 1933 to travel through the western states.  From 1935 to 1939 he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated from there with a B.A. degree.  He taught social studies at Menahga, Minnesota for a time and met Margret Baller, born February 14, 1916 in Moorhead.  They were married on August 2, 1941.  During this time Mr. Sillers was working for the Federal Land Bank at Washburn, North Dakota.  From 1942-1945 Sillers served as an ensign and as a lieutenant (jg) in the U.S. Navy in England during World War II.  In 1946 Douglas and Margret Sillers settled on the Baller farm near Moorhead.  They had four children, Jean in 1943, Douglas Hal in 1947, Cynthia in 1949, and Heather in 1951.  Mr. Sillers became a noted farmer in the area and was active in local politics.  In 1962 Mr. Sillers was persuaded to run as an independent for the Minnesota House of Representatives.  He won and would serve in the House until 1972.  During this time he became part of the Independent-Republican Party.  In 1972 Mr. Sillers ran for the Minnesota Senate and won. He served in that body until his reelection defeat in 1980.  During his political life Mr. Sillers served on the Agriculture, Education, and Judiciary committees in both houses of the legislature.  He also served on various boards and commissions that fostered interstate cooperation; such as the Upper Midwest Research and Development Council, and the State Planning Commission.  After his 1980 campaign Mr. Sillers retired to his farm near Moorhead.  


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection covers the period when Mr. Sillers was farming full time in Clay County, Minnesota and the years 1962-1980 when he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate. The majority of this collection is organized alphabetically by subject.


Inventory

Box 1

Abortion. 1973, 1977-80

Actions of the Minnesota Legislature. 1963

Adopted Adults, S.F. 2236. 1976

Adoptive Parents.  1979

Adult Farm Management. 1977

Age of Majority. 1973-74

Agriculture Standing Committee.  1963-64

Agriculture. 1971-72, 1975-76

Agriculture/Sugar, S.F. 676.  1977

Aid to Private Schools. 1975-76

Airport, S.F.1196. 1977

Allowing a School District to Transfer Funds, S.F. 1467.  1979

Allowing Government Subdivision, S.F. 1323. 1979

Amtrak. 1979

Appointments. 1974, 1979-80

Appropriating - Historical Interpretive Centers, S.F. 1718.  1980

- Money for Department of Education, S.F. 1108.  1979

April Fund Raiser for Independent Republicans Caucus. 1975

Area Vocational Technical Institute. 1979-80

Assessors. 1977

Athletic Equality.  1979

Ban the Can Issue. 1973-78

Banking. 1977-80

Banks and Financial Institutions, S.F. 488. 1977

Bar Examination/Diploma Privilege. 1973

Barber Board. 1979

Barnesville, Minnesota.  1975-80

Bills - Authored by Sillers. 1973-76

- Legal Services and Lawyers.  1975

Biography.  1978

Blue Cross-Blue Shield. 1973

Board of University Regents. 1977

Bonds.  1980

Boschvitz, Rudy.  1979

Boundary Waters Canoe Area. 1976, 1979

Breckenridge, Minnesota. 1975-80

Buffalo State Park.  1974, 1977, 1979

Building Codes. 1977-80

Campaign. 1977-1978, 1980

Campbell, Minnesota. 1979-80

Casmey, Howard. 1979

Certified Professional Secretary, S.F. 47.  1977-78

Chiropractors. 1975, 1978, 1980

Claims. 1973-74, 1976

Clay County, Minnesota. 1964-68, 1973-80

Collective Bargaining. 1974, 1977

Commerce and Economic Development. 1971-72, 1980

Concordia College Bus Issue.  1975

Conference Committee on S.F. 22 and H.F. 96.  1976

Conservation.  1963-67

Conservative - Caucus, 1973-75

- Viewpoints and Speeches. 1967

- Views Newsletters and Correspondence.  1963-64

Box 2

Constituents Complaints. 1979-80

Cooperative Power Association.  1979

Coroner Bill. 1975

Corporate Farming - Bills. 1973

- S.F. 833. 1975

Corrections Juvenile, S.F. 1370. 1977

Correspondence. 1962-63, 1969-78

Box 3

Creating a New Category of Offense for Criminal Negligence, S.F. 2325. 1980

Crime. 1979-80

Criminal Negligence Bill. 1975

Day Care Centers. 1975

Department - Economic Security.  1977-78

- Natural Resources, 1977-80

- Public Safety. 1979

Deputy Registrar’s Bill. 1977

Determinate Sentencing Bill. 1977

Dilworth, Minnesota - Electrical Power. 1976

- Miscellaneous.  1979-80

District of Columbia. 1980

Drinking Age. 1980

Drug Discounts. 1975

Durenberger, Dave. 1978-79

Education. - Commission of the States. 1979-80

- Committee. 1977-78

- Legislation. 1962-64

- Miscellaneous.  1965-67, 1970-80

- Statistics. 1962

Electrical Power Lines. 1977-80

Energy - Housing Committee. 1977-78

- Miscellaneous. 1980

- Research Materials. 1975

Environment. 1971-72, 1977

Equal Rights Amendment in Minnesota, 1972-74, 1977

Excluding - Child Support Payments from Income for Property Tax Refund, S.F. 1486. 1979

- Improvements in Buildings Tax, S.F. 2324

Exempting Private Pensions from Income Taxes, S.F. 1578. 1978

Expense Account Reimbursement. 1975-76

Expenses Incurred in Legislative Work. 1973-74

Family - Farm Security Bill. 1976

- Planning. 1979

Farm - Equipment Sales Tax. 1973

- Machinery, S.F. 1427.  1974

- Security Program. 1979-80

Felton, Minnesota, School District 148.  1962-63

Fergus Falls State Hospital Closure. 1975

Finance. 1975

Fish Detector Devices. 1977

Flamant-Ulman, Inc. Moorhead. 1973

Foster Parents. 1978-79

Game Wardens. 1977

Garrison Diversion. 1977

Glyndon, Minnesota. 1978-80

Goodyear Farms Vacation. 1957

Government Operations. 1971-74

Governor’s Office.  1977-79

Grading of Barley, S.F. 2084. 1978

Grain Marketing. 1979

Gross Earnings Tax; Railroads. 1979

Gun Control. 1973-1978

Hawley, Minnesota. 1976-80

Health, 1975-1979

Health, Welfare, and Corrections, 1971-76

Helmet Law for Motorcycles. 1977

Hemophilia Bill,. 1977

Herbicide 2, 4, 5 T Issue. 1976

Box 4

High - Potential Children. 1977

            - School Graduates, Congratulatory Letters. 1974

Higher Education Institutions. 1971

Highways. 1963-64

Hospital Licensure. 1979

Hudson Bay Company Historical Site. 1964-67

Hulsetter, Todd. 1975

Human Rights Act. 1977-78

Income Averaging Bill. 1976

Increase State Income Tax Deductions for Loss from out of State, S.F. 237, 238. 1979

Increasing Aid for Pre-Kindergarten Children, S.F. 1158. 1975

Independent - Republican Caucus

                        - Ad Hoc Committee. 1973-74

                        - Miscellaneous.  1977-78

        - School District 152, Moorhead, Minnesota

                        - Miscellaneous. 1973, 1977-80

            - S.F. 235, 1979

            - S.F. 889, 1980

Indian Affairs Intertribal Board. 1977-80

Inheritance - Benefit to Surviving Spouse with Joint Tenancy, S.F. 86. 1979

- Gift Tax S.F. 2093. 1976

- Sex Discrimination S.F. 2092. 1976

- Tax. 1975-76

Insurance Legislation. 1971

Interns. 1979-80

Interstate - Conference, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 1977

- Cooperation Commission. 1977-79

Irrigation Permits. 1977

Joint Powers Act. 1973

Judges Retirement, S.F. 688, 1038. 1977

Judicial - Committee. 1979

- Planning Committee. 1978-80

Judiciary - Committee.  1973-1978

- Legislation. 1971

Junior Colleges and Tech Schools. 1962-65

Juvenile Detention Center in Moorhead. 1977

Labor - Appropriating Money to Enforce Chapter 177.  1976

- Miscellaneous. 1973

Labor and Commerce. 1973-76

Laetrile. 1977

Lake Agassiz Testing Lab. 1963

Lavin, William. 1975-76

League of Minnesota - Human Rights Commissions.  1972

- Municipalities. 1976

Legal Assistance for Minnesota Sioux Committee, S.F. 1063. 1979

Legislative - Matters. 1975

- News. 1973

- Papers. 1968-71

- Retirement Study Commission. 1971

Legislators’ Salary Raise. 1974

Length Limitations on Trucks and Trailers. 1967

Libraries. 1975-78

Licensing Late Fees. 1976

Lien Law. 1973

Liquor. 1977-79

Loans to Cities, S.F. 1156. 1975

Local Government - Miscellaneous.  1971-75

- Providing Compensation for use of a Private Automobile, S.F. 2204. 1980

Majority Status. 1975-76

Marijuana Issue. 1975-76

Medical - Education

- H.F. 1411. 1971

- Miscellaneous. 1973

- Subcommittee. 1970-72

- Malpractice. 1975-76

Box 5

Metro and Urban Affairs. 1971-72

Metro Stadium. 1979

Metropolitan and Urban Affairs, 1973-75

Midwest Conference of the Council of State Governments. 1979-80

Migrant - Labor, S.F. 2782 and 2783. 1974

- Workers. 1975-76

Military Tax on Income. 1979
Minimum Wage. 1973
Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund-Public Employees Retirement Fund Merger. 1979
Minnesota - Daily. 1979

- Department of Transportation. 1975-80

- Experimental City reports, 1969-73

- Farm Bureau. 1960-63

- Government Department.  1971-72

- Historical Society. 1979

- Migrant Council. 1973-74

- North Dakota Interstate Cooperation. 1975-76

Miscellaneous. 1965-67, 1976-80
Moorhead - Art Building. 1976

- Arts, S.F. 1019.  1977

- Chamber of Commerce. 1973-76

- Fireman's Relief Associations, S.F. 742.  1979

- League of Women Voters. 1976

- Miscellaneous.  1973-80

- Police Chief Retirement Funding, S.F. 1760. 1980

- Purchase of Highway Department Building. 1967

- Sewage Systems. 1965

- State

- College. 1962-75

- University, 1975-80

Municipalities. 1963
Mutual Concern, State Cooperation, S.F. 1896.  1976
National Guard. 1978-79
Natural - Death Act. 1977

- Resources. 1971-76

Nerrleton, John G.  1977-78

Box 6
News Releases. 1972-77
Newspaper Clippings. 1976-80
No-Fault Insurance. 1973-74
North Dakota. 1978-79
Nuclear Waste. 1980-83
Nursing Home Legislation. 1977, 1980
Nursing Services, Financial Assistance. 1974
Open Dating of Merchandise. 1973
Otter Tail County, 1977-80
Penal Construction Appropriations. 1971
Pensions. 1977-79
Personal. 1961-80
Photographs. 1962, 1980
Police Training. 1977
Political - Activities. 1973-77

- Campaign. 1976

- Information and Views. 1965-67

Pollution Control Agency. 1977
Pooled Investment Bill. 1977-78
Post High School Education. 1975-76
Primary and Secondary Education. 1974-76
Probate - Judge Retirement. 1975

- Reform. 1974

Products Liability. 1977-78
Professional Standards Board. 1977
Providing a Combined Service Annuity for Judges, S.F. 453. 1979
Providing for a Uniform Filing Fee for Conciliation Court, S.F. 1242. 1979
Public - Cooperative Telephone Bill. 1979

- Employees Health and Life Insurance, S.F. 23. 1973

- Employment Labor Relations Act. 1980

- Radio. 1977

Railroads. 1975
Raising the Reimbursement Paid to GED Testing Centers, S.F. 1528. 1979
Reapportionment. 1971-172
Recalculation of Annuities for Teachers Retirement, S.F. 794. 1979
Reciprocity. 1965-66, 1974
Red River Valley Interpretive Center in Moorhead. 1977
Reducing Kindergarten through Third Grade Class Size. 1979
Regents. 1979
Region Four Development. 1975
Regionalism. 1973-74
Regulation Industries. 1971
Reorganization of Courts, S.F. 863. 1979
Retirement - Income. 1979

- Minnesota State Retirement Service. 1973-75

- Public Employees Retirement Association. 1973-74

- Teachers' Retirement Association. 1975-76

Rothsay, Minnesota. 1974-80
Sabin, Minnesota.  1978
Salary Bill. 1977
Sales Tax and Finance Committee. 1979
Sales Tax Exemption for Solar Energy Devices, S.F. 590.  1979
School - Finance Reform. 1976

- Reorganization, S.F. 156. 1977

Select Tax and Finance Committee. 1979
Senate - Floor Bills 1574 and 2586. 1975

- Independent Republican Caucus. 1973-74


Box 7
Senatorial Research. 1977
Seventh District Republican Committee. 1974
Sillers, Inc. 1978-79
Skeet Shooting Bill. 1979
Small Businesses. 1978-80
Special - Education. 1973

- Elections. 1978

Speeches - Midwest Sociological Society. 1973

- Miscellaneous.  1963, 1979-1980

Stadium Bill. 1976
State - Arts Council. 1975

- College

- Boards. 1963-66

- Miscellaneous. 1975

- Hospitals. 1977

Studded Tires Issue. 1973-74
Successor Bill. 1978
Sugar Beets. 1964-67, 1977-79
Sunday Closing Law. 1957
Taiwan Goodwill Mission. 1980
Tax - Committee. 1965-67

- Exempt Mortgages. 1977-78

- Incentive Bill. 1973

- Legislation. 1973-76

- Reciprocity, 1973

- Study Commission. 1978-80

- Tax Laws Committee. 1977-79

Taxation - Charts and Correspondence. 1957-64

- Chemicals Applied to Agricultural Products. 1975

- Department of Taxation Analysis of Minnesota Income Tax Returns. 1961

- Levy Limiting. 1975

- S.F. 2113. 1976

Taxes - Jointly Owned Property, S.F. 2095. 1976

- Miscellaneous.  1971-74

Teachers - Extending Reinstatement Period, S.F. 1712. 1978

- Retirement. 1963-67, 1977-80

Terminal Warehouse Inspection. 1967
Towns, Ninth Legislative District. 1973
Transportation. 1973-76
Tri-College University. 1979
Truck Weights. 1977-78
Twin Trailers, S.F. 342. 1973
Ulen, Minnesota. 1979-80
Unemployment Compensation. 1964-65, 1973
Unit Pricing. 1977
University of Minnesota. 1963, 1973-80
University Status for Mankato College. 1965
Upper Midwest Research and Development Council. 1971-72
Usury. 1975-76
Veteran Preference. 1975
Vocational Education - Miscellaneous.1973-76

- Tuition. 1977
Welfare. 1963-67; 1975-80
West Central Regional Development Commission. 1980
Wilkin County. 1973-80
Winona State College Pay Raises. 1975
Workmen Compensation. 1975-79
Young Family Housing Act. 1979    

Box
8  
Volumes 1-3     Year Books.1963, 1967, 1973