100 years ago in The Sarato­gian

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY - —Kevin Gil­bert

Fri­day, Dec. 6, 1918. “Be­tween mid­night last night and sun­rise this morn­ing, the first real snow of the win­ter ar­rived in this vicin­ity,” The Sarato­gian re­ports.

Ap­prox­i­mately six inches of snow are on the ground at day­break, cov­er­ing a ve­neer of packed-down snow left over from De­cem­ber 1. “Fol­low­ing the storm the weather re­mained cold and it seemed to be that win­ter had ar­rived,” a re­porter writes.

“Although au­to­mo­biles were about as usual to­day, some of them, es­pe­cially those with­out chains were mak­ing hard work of the go­ing. Cars which chanced to get in too near the curbs had dif­fi­culty in gain­ing suf­fi­cient trac­tion to get back to the hard go­ing in the cen­ter of the street and the re­volv­ing wheels threw up small gey­sers of snow.”

One car is dam­aged by skid­ding into the curb at the cor­ner of Phila and Cir­cu­lar, but no one is hurt in the mishap.

Mill Strike at Corinth Lasts But Thirty Min­utes

On a snowy morn­ing in Corinth work­ers walk off their jobs at the In­ter­na­tional Pa­per Mill, but a telegram from the head of their union sends them back to work half an hour later.

Work­ers also launch strikes in Glens Falls, Water­town and Turn­ers Falls MA, amid last minute ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween man­age­ment and the In­ter­na­tional Pa­per Mak­ers’ Union. The union wants the re­in­state­ment of a 10% bonus that went into ef­fect last spring but was dis­con­tin­ued dur­ing the sum­mer.

Union pres­i­dent J. T. Carey didn’t ac­tu­ally want work­ers to walk out, ex­pect­ing the War La­bor Board to ar­bi­trate the dis­pute, but his 11:30 p.m. telegram didn’t reach lo­cal sec­re­tary Fred Hasen­fuss un­til just past 7 a.m. Carey later con­firms by phone that the Corinth men should re­main on the job at least un­til next Tues­day. His or­ders reach Glens Falls later still; the men there don’t go back to work un­til 3 p.m.

Just be­fore press time, the War La­bor Board ap­points for­mer fed­eral judge Harry Cov­ing­ton as an um­pire for the ar­bi­tra­tion process.

Will Teach Women to Op­er­ate Trac­tor

The Bu­reau of Pro­duc­tion of the New York State Food Com­mis­sion will hold a trac­tor school for women and dis­abled vet­er­ans in Saratoga Springs next month, The Sarato­gian re­ports.

Stu­dents will be re­funded a $1 ad­mis­sion free at the end of the course. Ac­cord­ing to bu­reau di­rec­tor Calvin J. Hu­son, the state needs more man­power to use a sur­plus of trac­tors pur­chased for wartime food pro­duc­tion.

“A num­ber of women op­er­ated farm trac­tors suc­cess­fully dur­ing the past sea­son,” Hu­son says, “and there is no rea­son why the num­ber of women op­er­ated farm trac­tors can­not be in­creased.”

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