Remember When for Sept. 9, 2014
115 years ago
On Labor Day, readers found the following editorial on their doorsteps.
“This year, Labor Day should be celebrated with more than usual merriment and gratification. It has been a prosperous year for America.
“The working men of all trades and nearly all sections of the union have been rewarded with more abundant earnings than for many a year past, and moreover, all prospects of the future are bright and promising.
“The establishment of an annual holiday for the purpose of providing a special festival for working men and for the thoughtful consideration of the dignity of labor and the rightful honor due to those who engage in it, is itself evidence of the growing power and influence of working men in the social structure of civilization.
“The celebrations of the people are not to be confined to the commemoration of military virtues and victory only, but are hereafter to be accorded to mark also the public esteem for the strong sons of toil who build up a nation and establish its independence and its prosperity upon a firmer foundation than can be laid by any way, however triumphant and glorious.”