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Prices in Pioneer Days 1928-1947

Water Works Wonders
A History of the White, Wilson, McMahon,
River Junction School Districts Pages 386-387
The following information was supplied by the Mercer family.

COST OF THINGS

1928

One sow sold for $22.50
Razor blades $.70
Harness cost $26.00
2 rolls of butcher paper $5.00
45 gallons of gas $11.48
Hot Shot battery $2.75
Overalls and shirt $4.00

1929

Two new tubs cost $1.25
Insurance was $7.00
Hail Insurance was $56.00
Hauling for B.S. Miller 190 bushels of wheat to Lethbridge for $.14
Coaldale hauling was $.06
Two blocks of salt $1.80
Dozen eggs $.45
Two inner tubes and boot $3.00

1931

One ton of coal was $3.25
80 bushels of oats at $.20 per bushel
Della's shoes cost $.90
Fed beet pulp to the pigs - 4 tons for $8.00
6 gallons of gasoline $1.50

1932

Three loads of ice $1.50
Two tons of coal $5.65
Della's stockings $.30
Delia's and Fxnie's shoes $3.20
Cam Rod for truck $2.00

1933

Lethbridge Fair $3.00
Gear for the binder $3.00
Dnun of gasoline $11.70
New tire $10.00
Groceries at Safeway $2.55
Shoes, overalls and belt $5.55
Dr. Woodcock $3.00

1934

Grandad's shoes were $2.75
Tank of water $.50
Distillate 45 gallons $5.30
Haircut $.50
90 gallons Furnace gas $13.50
Work gloves $.55
Cod liver oil for chicks $.40

1935

One stove pipe $.70
Tube for Ford $.95
Molasses for cows $2.00
One can tobacco $.75
Fix tire on car $ .50
Kid's pony $12.00

1936

Haircut was $.35
linseed oil for horses $3.50
Lethbridge Herald $. 10
Bed sheets and comforter $3.60
Clothes line and pegs $.40
Bucket and drill bit $.65
Great West Distrib. $10.00
Gopher poison $1.75
Window glass $.90
Washboard $.75

1937

One cow purchased from Smith's was $1 1.00
Two hogs purchased from Harry Hearne were $30.00
Ernie's cap and shoes were $2.35
Thirty five pullets purchased from Morris $15.00
Rawleigh Man - $1.40
Donnie's high boots $3.05
Wool for knitting $.40
Two hacksaw blades $.30

1938

Granny's dress $1.95
Gallon of antifreeze $1.75
Oyster shell for chickens $.25
Donnie's overalls and gumboots $2.85
Granny's stocking and purse $5.05
Shoes for Audrey $2.20

1939

Hockey tickets were $2.00
2 dresses for Granny $1.96
Radio battery charge $.35
Lime $.75
Egg scale $2.75
Tire valve $. 10

1940

Lou had a tooth pulled for $3.00
Rent on meat locker Box 64 $3.00
Harrow teeth $6.30
Oil pipe for tractor $2.00
Magneto repaired $3.50
Two young sows $43.00

1942

Myna's shoes cost $2.75
Three dozen beer cost $6.00
5 gallons of coal oil $1.05
Fan belt for a car $1.00
25 gallons of lamp gas $1.05
To dry clean a coat cost $.85
Overalls for Don and Ernie cost $3.88
One calf was sold to Harry Heame for $43.30
Audrey and Myma's slips cost $1.45
Five sacks of cement cost $5.00
Six oranges cost $.40

1943

Two hundred pounds hog supplement $7.50
Myrna shoes $2.75
Five gallons coal oil for lamps $1.05
Lethbridge Herald $.05
Five hundred gallon gas tank $50.00
Fan belt for the car $ 1.00
Two milk pails $1.50
Wash tub $2.75
Dr. Fowler $15.00
Ernie, Della and Don spending money $2.00

1944

Five gallons of oil $6.00
Five tons of coal $22.50
Oil pump for truck $8.91
Heater for bunkhouse $7.50
Case bearing at Nivens $5.90
T.B. testing for cows $21.00
Granny's hair dresser $.60
Five hogs sold for $260.00

1946

Membership in Southern Alberta Co-op $1.00
Headlight and clearance lights for truck $13.70
Two drums orange gas $25.70 (45 gallon drums)
Two drums purple gas $16.75
Dr. Carney testing the cows $18.00
Load of malt $5.00
Mail box rental $3.00
Three plow shears $3.30
Fire insurance on the barn $16.50
Taxes on the quarter $33.63
Taxes on the home place $37.31
Cow and calf sold to Harry Heame $147.22

1947

Brake cylinder kit for I.H.C. truck $2.95
Phone call to Coutts was $ .58
Four spark plugs $3.00
Two feed pails $1.00
New combine $3,317.05
waterwk 1/2 horse power electric motor $36.75

From Eaton's 1932 mail order catalogue:

"Only orders amounting to $2.00 in value, selected from
the PREPAID SECTION of this Catalogue, pages 3 to 211,
will be shipped "Charges Paid" by the Company...

Why do we select a time when money is scarce to ask you
to build up your orders to a minimum of $2.00 or include
money for the postage with orders for smaller amounts?
Because we believe now is the time to make every dollar
produce the utmost in purchasing power. ... "

Some postage costs were:
A pair of ladies shoes, .17
ladies gloves, .02
three handkerchiefs, .02
a pair of ladies hose, .02
a corset, .09
The total postage cost for five items could be cut by .08
if five items were ordered at the same time, a saving of 25%.

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