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Friday, Aug 30, 2019

* Two of my brothers on Labor Day, 1971 at my family’s rural Iroquois County house…

We weren’t farmers, but my mom grew up on a farm and my parents had five sons and thought they could better keep an eye on all of us if we were living in the country. So, they rented a house a few miles from my maternal grandparents, who were farmers.

Every Labor Day, we’d decorate our bicycles and ride them in the Herscher parade. It was all great fun, from the decorating (my mom did most of the work, as I recall) to the riding. Herscher will host its 99th Labor Day parade on Monday.

* The Question: Your favorite Labor Day memories?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Anon E Moose - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    Love Herscher. Ever been to Country Chevrolet?


  2. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    A number of vacations in Europe and America, all special. But as a child, there was the sadness of summer vacation ending.


  3. - Kauaijim - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:00 pm:

    Going to public school in Chicago we knew it was not really a holiday as school started the next day


  4. - NoMoreMC - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:03 pm:

    Toluca, IL to watch the Labor Day Celebration and Bocce Ball tournament. We used to head down from Chicago so my dad could visit some old friends who relocated there. I always loved how they had the bocce tournament spread out all over town. There was great food and I got a kick out of the old 2-lane bowling alley they had. Also liked the “jumbos” from the old coal mines.


  5. - MSIX - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:05 pm:

    Last camping weekend of the summer on the Saco River in NH.


  6. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:09 pm:

    I always enjoyed watching the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon when I was a kid.


  7. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:15 pm:

    I’m fairly certain the current crop of kids wouldn’t believe the number of miles on those bicycles.


  8. - dbk - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:16 pm:

    Labor Day Weekend, 1967: My folks had agreed to my getting a dog, and we had just adopted a very young border collie mix.

    We took her with us up to my aunt and uncle’s in Kewanee for Hog Day.

    I held her in my arms the whole time we were walking around.

    For some reason known only to little girls, I tied one of my own hair ribbons (red) around her neck.

    Best Labor Day weekend ever. I had a beautiful puppy.


  9. - Sayitaintso - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:17 pm:

    No More MC: Yo, Mona’s and Capponi’s……my Dad born there. Several Labor Days spent there.


  10. - Earnest - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:30 pm:

    Walked the four blocks down to Liberty Street to watch the parade with my dad, back home to grill some burgers for supper, then sitting out at the picnic table and not wanting it to get dark and have summer be over.


  11. - Nick Name - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:31 pm:

    U.S. Open tennis on TV, watching McEnroe blow his top over bad calls.


  12. - NoMoreMC - Friday, Aug 30, 19 @ 3:36 pm:

    Sayitaintso: If I remember correctly, we always went to Mona’s. Great food! I just checked, and it looks like the bocce ball tourney is still going strong. I might have to drag my kids up there and relive some memories.


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