Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day and Ancestors


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Brumley Branches - Labor Day and our ancestors. In the United States, it is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is in honor of the American labor movement and celebrates the workers who have made this country strong and prosperous, and for the well-being of the country. As the trade unions and labor movements grew in the 19th Century unionists wanted to create a day of celebration for the laborers in the United States. Labor Day became an official Federal holiday in 1894.

Our ancestors were hard working people with many skills. These skills have been passed down from generation to generation. I am always interested in looking at the census and reading what they did for a living. Many were farmers in my family which meant they worked from sun up to sun down to provide food for not only their own families but for people all over the United States.

There were other occupations that were of interest as well. I had relatives that were Coopers. What is a Cooper? A cooper is someone who makes wooden vessels, bound together with hoops and possessing flat ends or heads. Examples of Cooper's work would be barrels, buckets, tubs or butter churns.

My grandfather was a carpenter. He worked on various jobs around Kansas City. He always took pride in this work. 

I had several relatives that made their living working for the various railroads around the United States. It was also a hard job to do because at times they would have to leave their families to work on an assignment far from home. Railroad work at least had a pension program to help out after they retired from the railroad.

I had a great uncle in Chicago who was in the Ice Manufacturing business for several years. My great-great grandfather was a Ferryman before he signed up for the Civil War Draft. 

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My father worked in the Steel Fabrication business that made steel structures such as gymnasiums that are still standing today.

No matter what job your ancestor had they made sure that they passed down their skills to their children. It is these skills that have shaped our America today. We owe these skilled workers a thank you for all that they do for us every day of the week.

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