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In Years Past

March 17, 2014

In 1914, a special car which left Grand Central station the previous night, carried 75 men who had been without jobs in New York city for most of the winter, to farmers waiting in Fonda, N.Y. to put them to work on dairy and truck farms. C. W. Larmon, deputy state commissioner of agriculture, in charge of the land and labor bureau, went along to see the experiment through. So great had been the demand for rural labor since the state's intention was first announced, that two more carloads of willing workers would be sent to Rome and Utica farms on Thursday. The rest of the Mohawk Valley would be supplied later on if the men kept coming.



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