(Jim Tester, b. 1913, d. 1995, friend, mentor and Sudbury trade union activist and historian, was also a long-time columnist at Northern Life, Sudbury’s community newspaper. The following column was first published there February 22, 1984).
February 24. A day working people should never forget. It is the anniversary date of a dirty deed unsurpassed in Sudbury’s history. There was not a word about it, not even a whisper, during our 100th birthday celebrations. It has been left buried in a conspiracy of silence. Yet it was an event that so shook Sudbury; our city was never the same. It marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.