MINERS' 8-HOUR DAY
Celebration 1923 - Staunton Macoupin County IL
contributed by Joan Miley ©2003
MINERS' 8-HOUR DAY (began 1 April 1898*)
Monday was observed throughout this portion of the state as the 26th anniversary of the 8-hour day victory gained by the miners. In Staunton there was no official celebration of the day, although all of the mines were idle in observance of the occasion. The 8-hour day was established on April 1, 1898*, by the Illinois Miners' Union, following a strike of 9 months' duration. By reason of the fact that the anniversary this year fell on Sunday, the celebration was deferred until Monday. At Livingston and Williamson a celebration of the anniversary was held under the auspices of the miners' locals at the 2 places. A feature of the day was a big parade from Livingston to Williamson and return, after which a program of addresses took place in front of the City Hall at Livingston. Harry Fischwick, vice-president of the Illinois Miners' organization, and Charles F. Wells of Chicago were the principal speakers. Music for the occasion was furnished by the Livingston Miners' Band.
Asst County Coordinator Kathleen Mirabella
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