Remembering “The Original Labor Day”

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Earlier this year I decided that I would try to find out what every National holiday (with a little help from Wikipedia) was originally about and I was surprised to find out how “Labor Day” was started.  Anyway I wanted to share with you what I found out…  Again I was surprised…

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 7 in 2009).

The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes (“Nine-Hour Movement”) first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers’ strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned to New York and organized the first American “labor day” on September 5 of the same year.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] Cleveland was also concerned that aligning a US labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labour Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. In addition, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. The NCAA usually plays their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day.

I hope that you enjoyed learning something new today!!! 🙂

~Greg T

Always a little sad

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Having been there done that it’s always a little bit sad to see a business close down.   Even though this one was WAY bigger than our store it is still a little sad.  But, even with all that I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this.   Laugh and remember my camera the next time we drove by.


~ Merriann

Of course…


…there are going to be technical difficulties. During my online absence we have changed operating systems on our computer which has caused a little snag. I have to be able to post with pictures and we have to figure out how to shrink the pictures before I can post them. I’m pretty sure Greg has it all figured out but then we went on a week camping trip so my plans have been a little delayed. I have a post all typed up and ready to go except for pictures and I need pictures. So, I’m still coming back it’s just going to take a little longer than expected. :O)

~ Merriann

I’m comming back…

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This post is to commit myself to updating you (and our own memories) about our summer so far. We have been busy, busy, busy and I am loving it. We have taken full advantage of our summer this year I just haven’t been on it to post about it yet. So, my commitment to you to post soon about some of our summer adventures!

My Uncle Charles finished well!!!!

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A bit of mixed news came my way a few weeks ago.  My Uncle Charles has pasted from this world to the next.  I sit here wondering about my feelings part of me is sad to never on this earth to see him again.  We are not very close but he was my uncle whom I was like a father to me when my own father left the scene.  He was bigger than life to me, a man’s man you could say. He died from cancer and when he left this world I was told that the cancer had eaten most of his weight away but he still is a big man to me.  He made mistakes but all were covered by the blood of the lamb.


So I am writing this letter to all of you to let you know that “I love him” and I am so sad that my own kids will never get to know the man whom was bigger than life than my Uncle Charles was….  But he knew the Good Shepherd’s voice and I am glad that he has finished the race well.  I can hardly wait to see him in the presents of my Heavenly father and his son, Jesus the Christ.



His Obituary


Charles Edward Hobbs, also known as “Hobbs,” “Chas”, and “Chuck,” was born on February 23, 1953 to the union of James Alexander Hobbs, Sr. and Louise Blake Hobbs (Abston) in Mississippi.  He grew up in South Bend, Indiana and received his formal education at Messmer High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and furthered his education with two years of college.


 Charles accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age.  He was united in holy matrimony with Jeanette Acoff on April 5, 1985 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Charles served in the United States Army Reserves for seventeen years. He was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for fifteen years, retiring in 2007.  He also was employed by the Milwaukee School Board as a MPS Teacher Aide.  In his leisure, he enjoyed playing and refereeing several sports including basketball, baseball, football, softball, volleyball, and others.


Charles Edward Hobbs departed this life on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 2:30 a.m. Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


This is my Uncle Charles.


Greg Thames

Working on the site

He's so cute!!
He’s so cute!!

I have been working on updating the look and feel of our family site.  So please be patience with me over the next few days.  The current page is the one the we like the best as of now.. But is subject to change… Meaning it will change.  I am trying to figure out how to put our pictures on the top of the page.   Then it would be perfect….for now!  Anyway thanks for look at our site.

Greg T