Have you felt a bit differently for the past two days?
Most Americans, with the exception of a handful of states and territories, turned their clocks back one hour Sunday morning, November 5, 2017. Although we awaken to a brighter morning, this time of year takes one hour of daylight away from our already shortening evenings. Some people like the extra hour of sleep in the mornings while others grumble about the inconvenience of an earlier sunset during this annual disruption.
Daylight savings time (DST) dates back to 1918, and the disagreement about its usefulness is not a new topic of discussion in Delaware. In one article from the Newark Post from June 7, 1922, New Castle County residents claimed DST was a great disservice to farmers and “detrimental to the health and happiness of children.” Nevertheless, DST continues in Delaware to this day, and the grumblings continue.
For more stories on historical stories of the beginnings of DST, visit Chronicling America.