Title: Oral History Interview with Loy Connelly Cloniger, June 18, 1980. Interview H-0158.
Interviewer: Tullos, Allen
Interviewee: Cloniger, Loy Connelly
Subjects: Railroads--North Carolina--Employees Strikes and lockouts--Street-railroads
Abstract: Former mechanic and streetcar foreman Loy Connelly Cloniger recalls the 1919 Charlotte streetcar strike by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He was present for a shooting that killed five strikers, though as night foreman, he did not participate in the strike. The strike accomplished nothing: soon after the shooting the strikers returned to work without the raise they demanded. Though perhaps not useful as a source of detailed information about the strike, this interview could be important as an eyewitness account of the 1919 strike and first-hand memories of streetcar work in early twentieth-century Charlotte.