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Many of us see “Where Life is Worth Living” almost daily in our travels around town, but have you ever considered where it may have originated? Although the exact date cannot be determined, Town Historian Lynn Barton was able to uncover this piece from the 1925-1926 Webster Union and High School Handbook for Students, Teachers and Parents:
“Hosts of Travelers have entered our village from the west and read the sign, with which an enterprising Ad Club has marked its boundary, “Webster, Where Life is Worth Living.” Many agencies might be enumerated as being especially generous in their contributions to the happiness of the people in this favored community with its beautiful homes and productive farms. This booklet is written to direct the operation of one of these agencies, an agency which stands as a monument to the prosperity and vision of the people of this community and which should, in its turn, make life just a little more worthwhile for its citizens who are now growing up.”
According to Barry Howard, Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, the Ad Club referenced was an organization that promoted Webster Businesses in the early 1920’s, similar to The Chamber of Commerce which was formed later on in the early 1930’s. It is likely that this excerpt was written with more of a reference to the Village because that is where Webster High School was located, and the “agency” mentioned refers to the High School.
The Town of Webster the Webster Town Clerk’s Office located at 1000 Ridge Road has redesigned stickers available for sale depicting our famous “Where Life is Worth Living” motto.
The stickers are available for purchase for $1.00 each and all proceeds will benefit the Webster Museum.