17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, September 2, 1912: Had to go to school, even if it is labor day. We had this day off last year.
Cold isn’t much better. Have to blow my whistle almost all the time, which constant usage make it rather sore and pink.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It’s interesting that in 1911 the students didn’t have to go to school on Labor Day—but that in 1912 they did. Was Labor Day an important holiday in 1912?
A quick scan of newspaper headlines from September 2, 1912 shows that in 1912 the nation was engaged in a debate over the role of labor and unions (as well as whether woman should be paid the same as men).
Representative Newspaper Headlines
Labor Day, September 2, 1912
Cathedral Packed for Labor Service: Mgr. Lavelle Points Out Socialism’s Weakness to Vast Throng of Union Men (New York Times)
Labor Day Parade: Large Squad of Police Detailed to Assist in Keeping Order-Line of March (Los Angeles Times)
Labor Will Parade Today, While City Lends Cheers: Predicted That 50,000 Persons Will Attend Celebration at Armory (Minneapolis Morning Tribune)
Minnesota State Fair to Open This Morning: Exposition Gates to be Thrown Wide to Northwest Visitors: Labor Program Planned (Minneapolis Morning Tribune)
Urges Pay Raise to Save Women: Bishop Samuel Fallows Advocates Putting Them on an Equal Basis with Men: Bar to Immorality (Chicago Daily Tribune)