Friday, February 17, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 17

February 17, 1913 – A bill requiring lumber camps to furnish bathing facilities to the laborers was introduced in the Minnesota House today by rep. S. H. Warner of Aitken. The bill is made to apply to every camp employing more than 20 men, and running more than 60 days. There must be tubs enough so that one-tenth of the men can bathe at one time, with proper shelter, warm water, soap, towels and disinfectants.

Lumbermen lived in close quarters. Wet clothes were hung around the bunk-house stove and the steam and odor from this added to the foulness of the stagnant air.1

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Baths For The Lumberjacks. Warner Bill Provides for Cleanliness in the Camps.”; Feb. 17, 1913; p. 1.



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