A Wyoming Salute To 100 Years Of Daylight Savings
Another idea from Ben Franklin, time change was used in Germany in the 1890s, then in Canada in 1908. For our country, Daylight Savings Time is 100 years old in 2018. Though that would not be a continual 100 years, in 1918, The Washington Post answered what some questioned even then - why we would “tamper with time.” It was a wartime law to save fuel and make the work day last longer.
Wyoming must have been happy to help the military, since so many were deployed from our state. Also, many Cowboy State ranchers and farmers tend to work until sun-down however long that is. In 1919, however, DST was repealed soon after World War One.
Ok, so it was just forgotten until the early 1940s? And in a second World War, I'll just assume Americans all did their part – again. That makes sense, if only most of that history can be found on the internet. The web wasn't around back then and I certainly wasn't yet either.
WWII would last longer than WWI, so I’d bet people just got more used to it by VE and VJ Days. I'm still sketchy on when DST was no longer a federal law that states could change. President Nixon did sign into law an emergency DST act for all states during the 1970s energy crisis. (I was around by then.)
These days it comes up in the Cowboy State’s legislature almost every session, a bill to do away with DST, but every one of them has failed. For some reason we seen to like DST, or at least they like it on the north end of Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne. If it is listed correctly on one site, we go back before 100 years. Wyoming first tried time change in the summer of 1905. Don't quote me on that. If you do find it other places let us know.
A recent article from a Wyoming newspaper, from before another bill failed to drop time change, is mildly amusing as well.