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100 years ago: December 1920

Offer Him Work

That specimen of humanity once a frequent visitor in Brandenburg, but who disappeared about the time Uncle Sam put a “work of fight” order into effect – the common hobo – is said to be reappearing in this section of the state in generous numbers. We note this through several of our exchanges, though at this time the absence of tramps and beggars in this particular territory is still noted.

While many of our large industrial centers announce the closing of manufacturing plants for the purpose of adjusting labor conditions, there are still thousands of good jobs open and apparently no excuse why any able-bodied man should be idle. It may be true that there is not as much work to be had in our cities as during the years of the war but it must be remembered the cities recruited their excess labor from the farms, and the farms are still sorely in need of workers. Thousands left the farms and went to the cities under the lure of high wages. If they’re out of work now, let them return to the farms.

The surest way to put the hobo out of business is to discourage his begging. Offer him workbefore offering food or money – and you will help solve the problem. For the man who is willing to work for his food has not in his system the making of a hobo. We’ve been rid of tramps and beggars in this section for the past two or three years. So let us discourage their return by making the back-door hand out harder for them to get than it was back in the days when we believed a man if he said he couldn’t get work.

75 years ago: December 1945

On Way Home

Elsey Frans, CM 1/c, of Brandenburg, Ky., is on his way home. Frans is one of over 2,000 highpoint Navy veterans whom the “Magic Carpet” is bringing back to the United States aboard the U.S.S. Bottineau. This ship, one of more than 250 carriers, battleships, cruisers, and attack transports in the Navy’s famed “Magic Carpet” fleet, left Okinawa, Nov. 20, and was scheduled to reach San Pedro about Dec. 5. Passengers will go directly to the Separation Centers nearest their homes to complete the formalities of obtaining their discharges before returning to civilian life.

50 years ago: December 1970

Ems & Ens

By The Publisher’s Wife

Charlotte (Mrs. B S) Lawson came to The Messenger Monday afternoon, and all of us were so glad to see her looking so well after her accident Sept 19th. Charlotte had to stay flat on her back for four weeks in Breckinridge Memorial Hospital.

She is now able to drive and is back at her work at the Meade County Soil Conservation District.

Mrs. Everett Robertson, near Ekron, called Monday to tell us about winning a colored TV set. She had sent her name in to a radio station and was called by phone. I had heard her on radio and thought she did such a nice job of talking with the radio station representative. She said she was really thrilled with her new TV set.