Read it Again: Week of Aug. 22, 2001

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80 years ago this week. Directors of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation crafted a resolution calling for an immediate settlement of the miners’ and railroad shop men’s strike, following the words of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace, who said, “The farmer calls upon capital and labor to cease their petty bickerings and resume production, trusting to American institutions and the American sense of fair play to see that justice is done both of them.”

It was noted that the farmer is vitally interested in the strike situation, as he “pays more than half the freight bills of the country and is a heavy user of coal and of manufactured products dependent upon the use of coal,” the OFBF directors penned. American Farm Bureau Federation president J. R. Howard sent a telegram to President Warren G. Harding supporting the U.S. railroad labor board in its wage finding.

50 years ago this week. The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act applying to children employed on farms has been simplified.

William S. Singley, director of U.S. Labor, said child labor on farms is exempt from provisions of the act when school is not in session. However, federal law prohibits employment of children under 16 during school hours.

Farmers will now have to keep records of employees ages 16 and 17, including the employee’s name, date of birth, address of permanent home and address of residence while working if it is not the permanent address.

25 years ago this week. The theft of 20 lambs from a barn was reported to the Columbiana County sheriff’s office last week by Mrs. Richard Percic. The Percic farm is located on Route 30 at the intersection of County Home Road. The lambs averaged about 50 pounds each.

Human females born today can expect to live to 81 years and males to almost 72, three years longer than was the case a few years ago. The Census Bureau in Washington said longer life is on the way because fewer persons are dying of heart attacks. In a report just released on population projections of the United States, the bureau said the death rate of adults older than 35 declined much more rapidly between 1973 and 1975 than it did during the entire previous decade.

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