100years ago in The Record
Monday, Sept. 17, 1917
“Better and broader marketing conditions for the city will be developments of next year,” promises Mayor Cornelius F. Burns, but local wholesalers worry that they’ll be shut out of Troy’s public market. he public market is currently leased to the Market Gardeners’ Association, a wholesalers’ group. “At the present time it is possible for only members of that association to do business at the market,” The Record reports, “They have been in complete power, having each year leased the space from the city. In view of this fact it has been impossible for the producer to come in convenient contact with the retailer.” The Market Gardeners’ current lease expires next spring. A new state law that took effect after the lease was last renewed enables city governments to appoint commissions to administer public markets. Following the recommendations in a report commissioned from James Sheeran, Mayor Burns will put a commission in charge of the Troy market in place of the association. “The so- called stalls, at present virtually controlled by wholesale dealers, will be let to retailers as well,” our reporter explains, “and laws governing transactions taking place there will be formulated by a commission to be appointed. The control of the market by the Market Gardeners’ association, according to the mayor, will be a thing of the past.”
An anonymous wholesaler protests that “the changes will be liable to eventually force the wholesale marketmen from the business, because the retail men will be able to pay more to the farmers.”
City Hall sources tell our writer that “the plan of the city, however, is to give both the retailer and the wholesaler an even chance, and provision so both can do business will be made.”
Plans for the market may change depending on the outcome of November’s mayoral election. Burns, a Democrat is favored to win a fourth twoyear term over his Republican challenger, Fourth Ward alderman George T. Morris.
Today’s Record publishes the names of Troy soldiers scheduled to leave for Ayer MA on Saturday in the second call- up of men selected in the July 20 draft lottery. The 55 menmake up 40% of the draftees who’ve been medically cleared for service so far.
Fivemen from each of the city’s three draft districts have been designated as alternates should anyone on today’s list be sidelined by an emergency.
Meanwhile, in a case that may set a precedent, John A. Mitchell is appealing his local draft board’s denial of his exemption claim. Mitchell claimed his aunt as a dependent, but the board deemed her too distant a relative to qualify.