Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 2, 1988
SHERBURNE — Christmas decorations filled the windows of the Sherwood Medical Products plant in Sherburne Thursday, but the mood inside was anything but merry. The plant’s 420 employees were notified that they would lose their jobs between February and June.
The village’s largest employer will pack up during the first half of next year.
“I’m devastated,” said Susie Frair of Sherburne, an assembly machine operator who has been working at the plant since she left high school 26 years ago. She said she plans to work until she’s let go, then hope something else is available.
The same went for Charlotte Jennings of Earlville, a 31-year employee.
Lisa Fowlston, a machine operator from Sherburne, said she’ll probably stay home for a brief time, then look for another job. What kind of job or where, she doesn’t know.
Sherburne Mayor Edmund Lee called the shutdown “a major blow” to the village of 1,800.
The decision to move the manufacturing of plastic medical supplies, such as syringes and catheters, came from Sherwood Medical Products’ home base in St. Louis and its parent company, American Home Products of New York City, as an effort to reduce overhead and operating costs, according to a release from corporate headquarters.
Employees said they have been working overtime regularly and are expected to continue so that the company has enough inventory while it moves equipment to southern California and Missouri.
50 years ago
Dec. 2, 1963
WALTON — Kiwanians, touched by the tragedy that has struck a Texas family, have voted to donate to a memorial fund founded by a Dallas newspaper and television station.
The Board of Directors of Walton Kiwanis Club voted a “monetary donation” to Mrs. Marie Tippit and her family at the November meeting of the Board.
Mrs. Tippit and her children are the survivors of Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit, who was slain by Lee Oswald, deceased accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
The Kiwanis donation was made to Mrs. Tippit through the Dallas Time-Herald — KRLD-TV Memorial Fund.