The First Hundred Years, 1848-1948:

The First Hundred Years, 1848-1948:

The First Hundred Years, 1848-1948:

The First Hundred Years, 1848-1948:

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In observing its first hundred years as a strong and growing enterprise, Oneida Ltd. is not, nor should it be, merely celebrating its past. For, though it has every right to take pride in its record of production, the standards it has maintained, and still more for the way of life it has pioneered in the discord and social ferment of our own times, these things were not accomplished by people looking backward. Neither the men and women who created Oneida Community first as an experiment in communal living, dedicated to achieving perfection here on earth, nor the succeeding generation who after an interlude returned to build a new association with perhaps more practical ideals on the foundations of the. old, could allow themselves the luxury of dreaming in the past. The better world they looked for lay in the future. But unlike most other people of good will the members of both associations proposed to work directly for it with their own minds and hands. Today, with accumulating experience, patience, and the ability to gauge their ideals within achievable limits, they are still at it.

At first glance, Oneida Ltd. may seem a far cry from the original Community begun here beside Oneida Creek a century ago. What was then a self-contained social unit, spiritually walled off from the world by the religious conviction of its members and public misconception of their aims, has been replaced by a modern industry with 4600 employees and a product that has earned a national reputation for its quality against the rough-and-tumble competition of fifty years. The fields once worked by the founders to raise a living are covered both by the company's home factories and the city of Sherrill, the smallest city in New York State, in which many of the factory workers live and which they govern for themselves. To the casual visitor the only tangible reminder of the old Com-

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