Sunday morning ends another year of daylight savings time, as Union County residents join the rest of the nation in setting their clocks back one hour. Standard time takes effect Nov. 7 at 2 a.m., continuing a tradition started in 1883, to fix the train schedules.
Before the 1880s, the country did not have “standard time.” Counties like Union used local mean time, measured by using the position of the sun in connection with a local sun dial. The problem was this varied by location, causing chaos in the train schedules. Tired of seeing schedules delayed and passengers postponing trips, the major railroads met Oct. 11, 1883, in Chicago, setting a series of four standard time zones. Then in March 1918, Congress established a standard time residents in all four zones had to follow.