Posts Tagged ‘Time’

The Last Rose

August 30, 2012

THE last rose — and the loveliest. All alone waiting for the time to come when she, too, will wither and fade as have all her other sisters. Sad, to watch this and sadder to wonder how the poor little rose feels. But she’s not going away forever and ever. Just to take a nice long Winter nap so that she may waken in the Spring loveliest and more enticing than ever.

And poor l’il Dan watches and tried all his mischievous tricks to see if he cannot keep her here. He should know better, for he as watched the roses bloom and fade for centuries. But it’s ever the same story. He wants his very own Summer to last always. And who knows but that it does? For Love knows no season, and even though the roses do fade, Love always stays to bring happiness into an otherwise drear, drab world.

Amarillo Globe (Amarillo, Texas) Sep 24, 1928

When Adam Was a Boy

July 29, 2012

Image from the London Metropolitan Archives

When Adam Was a Boy

Earth wasn’t as it is today
When Adam was a boy;
Nobody’s hair was streaked with gray
When Adam was a boy.
Then when the sun would scorch and stew
There wasn’t anybody who
Asked, “Is it hot enough for you?”
When Adam was a boy.

There were no front lawns to be mowed
When Adam was a boy;
No kitchen gardens to be hoed
When Adam was a boy.
No ice cream freezers to be turned,
No crocks of cream that must be churned,
No grammar lessons to be learned
When Adam was a boy.

There was no staying after school
When Adam was a boy,
Because somebody broke a rule
When Adam was a boy.
Nobody had to go to bed
Without a sup of broth or bread
Because of something done or said
When Adam was a boy.

Yet life was pretty dull, no doubt,
When Adam was a boy.
There were no baseball clubs about
When Adam was a boy.
No street piano stopped each day
In front of where he lived to play;
No brass band ever marched his way
When Adam was a boy.

There were no fireworks at all,
When Adam was a boy;
No one could pitch a drop-curve ball
When Adam was a boy.
But here is why our times are so
Much better than the long ago —
There was no Santa Claus, you know,
When Adam was a boy.

— Nixon Waterman in Woman’s Home Companion, January number.

Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Jan 17, 1906

A Century to Come

July 22, 2012

A Century to Come.

Who’ll press for gold our crowded streets,
A century to come?
Who’ll tread our churches with willing feet
A century to come?
Pale, trembling age and fiery youth,
And childhood with its brow of truth,
The rich and poor on land and sea —
Where will the mighty millions be
A century to come?

We all within our graves shall sleep,
A century to come;
No living soul for us will weep,
A century to come,
And other men our lands will till,
And others then our streets will fill,
And others shout and sing as gay,
And bright the sunshine as to-day,
A century to come.

— Dr. Gustavus Haas, in N.Y. Ledger.

Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Apr 2, 1895

Are Your Clocks Fast? Set ‘Em Back!

November 7, 2010

What Time Is It At Your House Today?


If the phrase “time change” doesn’t remind you of a certain biannual ritual that you attended to last night, then it is time to put down the paper and call the time number on the telephone.

You may have already lost an hour of sleep or, if you are a post-church newspaper reader, you may have arrived at church an hour early.

Just for the record, this morning at 2 a.m. most of the nation went back on Standard Time.

If you didn’t set your clocks back last night or this morning then all you need to do is subtract one hour from the time. For example, if your clock says it is 8 a.m., then set it for 7 a.m.

Of course this can be done by turning it back an hour or ahead 11 hours. Now, in the event you happen to miss the number the first time around, you can correct the error by continuing and setting it back one hour plus any multiple of twelve or by setting it ahead 11 hours plus any multiple of twelve.

For those who are confused at this point, it may help to know that there are residents in 46 other states who are equally confused.

Since the Uniform Time Act of 1966 only Kentucky, Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone are being exempted.

By next year all states in the country will be making the spring change to Daylight Saving Time and the fall change back to Standard Time.

New Journal (Mansfiled, Ohio) Oct 28, 1967

From the San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas) Nov 21, 1883


Did you “oversleep” an hour this morning?

Could be, if you forgot to set your clocks back sixty minutes before retiring Saturday night. For this is the day California regains that hour lost last April when Daylight Saving Time sent into effect.

When the clock hands touched 2 this morning it really was 1 o’clock, Pacific Standard Time. The lost hour was regained — until next spring.

Independent Press Telegram (Long Beach, California) Oct 25, 1964

They must have had quite a few heavy drinkers and slackers  living in New Hampshire during the 1950s.

Set ‘Em Back

The lazy man, the tired man, or the fellow sleeping off a hangover will be in luck tonight because he can legitimately take an extra hour’s slumber.

Yep, Daylight saving time goes out the window officially at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, so don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before retiring tonight.

The time change applies both in New Hampshire and across the border in Maine as well as all the other New England and northeastern states and parts of eastern Canada.

Portsmouth Herald (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Oct 25, 1958

Retroactive Time, heh!


Don’t set your clocks back now, but wheels within wheels are turning on a bill to re-establish pre-war time for the months of November, December, January, and February. It is hard to see how it will be made retroactive for November if it should pass.

Preliminary committee hearings listened to farm representatives who are ardent proponents. The dairy man who used to start his daily schedule at four, now has to start at three to catch up with market.

Amarillo Daily News (Amarillo, Texas) Nov 26, 1943

From the Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)  Nov 1, 1909

I am so thankful time isn’t quite as confusing as it was for the poor folks in Coshocton, Ohio, circa 1919. I think the newspaper should have had a chart to go with their explanation. My head was swimming just trying to transcribe it!


At midnight tonight Coshocton city and county goes back to central standard time on a daylight saving basis. All reference to time in these columns will be understood to mean central daylight time, which is a half hour faster than sun time, an hour faster than the pre-war central standard time, and one hour slower than the prevailing eastern daylight saving time.

Congress has apparently decided to keep the daylight saving law in force until October. When that act is repealed in October central and eastern standard time will both move back one hour. What time Coshocton-co will use then remains to be decided upon.

Central standard time on a daylight saving basis, in use in Coshocton-co after midnight tonight is one hour slower than railroad and Western Union time. Therefore, if a train is scheduled to leave Coshocton at 4:58 p.m. that train goes at 3:58 p.m. by Coshocton time.

Coshocton time is the legal time for the state of Ohio, and all state activities, including opening and closing of election polls will continue to be by central daylight saving time. This is due to the fact that a majority of Ohio territory, including the capital, is located in the central time belt.

Special attention is called to the fact that all church announcements for Sunday morning are in terms of the new time, one hour earlier by the sun, but the same hour by the clocks, which have been turned back one hour.

Coshocton Tribune (Coshocton, Ohio) Jun 7, 1919