Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wyatt Scrapbook - Confused Clock Runs Backward

In November 2011, I purchased a scrapbook at an antiques mall in Carson, California. The scrapbook is believed to have belonged to Laurine Wyatt. I am transcribing the articles and documents contained in the scrapbook with the hope that it may be of value to genealogists who may be researching the individuals named.

I suspect this newspaper clipping must have amused Laurine and that is why she saved it.

“CONFUSED CLOCK RUNS BACKWARDS--Wringing its hands with confusion, the clock in the office of the State Railroad and Public Utilities Commission registered the doubts of many Nashvillians over the change to Daylight Saving Time by turning tail and running--backwards. Miss Katherine Smith (above), secretary to Commissioner W. D. Hudson, who arrived early at the office this morning to be sure she was right about her own watch, discovered the clock's dilemma. It was 8:45 o'clock when the picture was made. The clock, however, insisted it was 7:26, almost 7:25 o'clock, but declined to say whether a. m. or p. m., Daylight Saving or Standard Time.”

  1. There were several Katherine Smiths enumerated in Davidson County, Tennessee, during the 1930 U.S. census, but I was unable to identify which one might be pictured here.
  2. Without a first name, I could not identify W. D. Hudson on the 1930 census.
  3. The name of the newspaper in which these photographs appeared and the dates of publication are unknown.
  4. The relationship, if any, of Laurine Wyatt to either Katherine Smith or W. D. Hudson is unknown.

© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research

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