Looking Back


Auburn’s no school signal is again in working order for the Fitz Brothers Last Company’s new whistle which was sounded at 6 o’clock for the first time is in perfect working order. The new whistle has a nine inch valve and is 12 inches in length. It is the largest whistle at any industrial establishment in the two cities. For some time the whistle at the last factory has been used on stormy days when Superintendent Smith decided to close public schools as a signal for the pupils. Pending the change there was no signal.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Teen-agers have been urged to use care to select a summer job that is legal for their age group, non-hazardous and which will not bring “frustration and disappointment.” The minimum age for employment is 16 years in the following types of business: Garages, ice cream stands, hotels, rooming houses, laundries, dry cleaning plants, bakeries, bowling alleys, poolrooms, circuses, and places of commercial amusement. If the work is hazardous, the minimum age is 18 years. Children must be at least 15 years old to work in a store, restaurant, overnight cabin, motel or service station unless they are under the supervision of their parents.

25 Years Ago, 1981

Congressional consideration of federal election changes has produced some interesting proposals. Chief among them is the idea of holding presidential elections on Sunday, in order to encourage more voter participation. Sunday voting is common in some other countries and does offer a chance to improve U.S. voter turnout. Only 59 percent of the eligible voters took part in the presidential election last November, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The turnout was in marked contrast to 1964, when 69 percent of eligible citizens voted. Sunday elections, combined with a system to prevent projections of winners before the polls close in the West, hold promise of encouraging voter participation in our government.