Century-old Ti — IP strike tactic fails

This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

An International Paper Co. attempt to goad striking employees at its Ticonderoga paper mill back to work failed, and subsequently the company announced it would close the mill for at least three months.

“Supt. Breegle of the Ticonderoga Mill received the notification yesterday from the company’s New York office, and along with it came an order to cease blowing the whistle at the usual hours,” the Ticonderoga Sentinel reported on July 7, 1921. “The company gave no reason for its action.”

IP had offered to rehire any “former employee” that returned to work on July 5, under terms of management’s latest offer, which would have reduced wages an average of 21 percent.

No one returned to work.

In retrospect, the action had both bad and good implications.

It was an indication management was committed to the labor dispute for the long haul, yet it spared Ticonderoga, at least for the time, the bitter conflict when IP brought in replacement workers at other IP mills, such as Corinth.

It also was an indication of union solidarity.

Unionized workers at the Ticonderoga and other mills had been on strike since May 1, when IP sought to cut wages 30 percent, eliminate extra pay for overtime, extend the standard work day from eight to nine hours, and remove yard workers from the contract.

In other July 7, 1921 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

“A bunch of fellows” from Ticonderoga got together a pick-up baseball team that played a “strictly local” team at Mineville on July 4.

“They had a good time, along with a 14 to 3 trimming,” in favor of Mineville.

Fred Bogle pitched two innings and Howard Wood seven innings for Ticonderoga.

Co-workers of Bogle at the Ticonderoga Machine Works had a good laugh at his expense, un-related to the baseball game.

“Fred drove Will Rising’s Buick car up to Port Henry the other night and landed back home with someone else’s car,” the Sentinel reported. “He immediately drove the car back to Port Henry and got the Rising machine. His explanation is that the two Buicks were standing side by side, and he inadvertently got in the wrong car.”

On June 27, the Rev. Philip Sun Yuan Chee of Shanghai, China “gave a splendid talk” at the Graphite school house.

The Dorcas Sewing Club of Sabbath Day Point donated eight new bathrobes to Moses-Ludington Hospital.

“If any of the farmers have vegetables for fruit going to waste, the hospital would be glad to receive it.”

Click here to read the most recent previous post in the series.

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Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY