Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day 53 years ago

That’s the place we love to be in S-A-L-T-A-I-R-E
Seasons Over now we’re sorry
That we have to say good-by
Pack our bags and heave a sigh
Leave old Saltaire with a cheer
And all come back next year "

Pix taken by Jeff Weinlandt on Labor Day, 1959

They would sing this song on the dock on Labor Day as the Islander pulled away. The people leaving on the boat would sing it; the people on the dock would sing it. At each departure, there were less people left on the dock.
(Look closely for Eugene Piper, Bill Ervin and Norma Ervin.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ah, for better times in Saltaire - and yes I recognize Eugene, Billy, and Norma. You forgot to mention how some young Saltaire youth in those days would then jump off the dock as the ferry left.