How and When Did Daylight Saving Time Start?

Ben Franklin—of “early to bed and early to rise” fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings, according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.

While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.

“Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight but he didn’t really know how to implement it,” Prerau said.

It wasn’t until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.

I like old Ben (course I do have kinfolk named after him – Benjamin Franklin Davis).  I too cherish all the daylight hours – more hours to get it, whatever “it” may be, completed.  In our case, more hours to put in on the farmhouse, working towards a “restored” state.

This weekend, with all the sunshine and warm temps, the Page Farm Chicks (Deb Page Daniel and Pam Page Wolfe, along with fledglings, Anna-Page and John-Mark Wolfe) worked in the yard picking up and hauling off debris, trimming rose bushes and other flowering vegetation and generally getting the yard ready for the mowing season.  Anna-Page Wolfe served as photographer of the day, taking a series of photos depicting daffodils in various poses around the farmhouse.

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