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Choice is road more taken down memory lane


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Imlay City Times from February 1943 is packed with local news. photo by Catherine Minolli.

November 10, 2010
Tom Wearing, stellar coworker, drummer and writer extraordinaire, saved you all from a 'poor me' diatribe reliving the truth about Reaganomics and what his lately revered "trickle down" theory really did to the national debt (grew from $700 billion to $3 trillion or 51.9% of GDP by the end of 1988) and our budget deficit (more than doubled from 1980 to 1983, leveling at about 5% and moving the US from its post as the world's largest international creditor to the largest debtor nation on the globe.) Whatever. The man's revered now more than ever and there's really nothing I can do about it.

And fortunately for you, there's Tommy-boy. A few moments ago he plopped a paper on my desk that was dropped off by lifelong Imlay area resident Charlie Gass, son of the late Maurice Gass.

It's a February 25, 1943 issue of the Imlay City Times.

Now here's a trip down memory lane that's probably safer for me and more comfortable for everyone.

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'Want and For Sale' ads are on the front page, above the fold— as we in the business say. (There are no phone numbers listed in the ads, just addresses and brief descriptions of how to get there).

FOR SALE: 1930 Ford Coupe, 5 good tires. JOHN STONCH

FOR SALE: Ford V-8 Panel ''34 Model in good condition. Will sell cheap or trade for pigs or young cattle. ROBERT RAETZ

(A man after my own heart!)

FOR SALE: Five Cows, Holsteins and Guernseys, 5 and 6 years old. 2 coming fresh. ANDY McSKULIN

FOR SALE: Oil Burner. Also, Round Oak Heating Stove. MRS. J.L. CLIFFORD

WANTED: We want to rent a house in Imlay City or vicinity. JOE DOBOS

WANTED: 100 Cars of Clover, Mixed and Timothy Hay for January and February shipment. LEWIS STEELE. Phone 287, Imlay City.

FARMS WANTED: All sizes, from 1 to 200 acres, with or without stock. Buyers waiting. In replying give location by road and number. ETHEL STEVENS

BUSINESS NOTICES:

Spencer Service. Phone or write for appointment for your posture corrective corset or belt for men, women and children, backache, hernia and poor posture. Posture correction guaranteed. Phone 1136. Write MABEL H. MYERS, Lapeer, Mich.

TRUSSES: Children's and Adults Trusses properly and comfortable fitted. McKAY'S DRUG STORE, Imlay City, Mich.

Here's a notice below the fold, boxed to grab readers' attention:

NOTICE: Due to the confusion over the time situation, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce would very much like an expression from the people of Imlay City and the Imlay City farming area, as to which time they prefer, and ask that you clip this questionnaire and mail or take it to the Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce at Hazelton & Linekar's store so they may be guided by what the majority desire in the matter of time (!!! if only that majority bit were still true). Please do your part regardless of which time you prefer, and check with your friends and neighbors so they too will express themselves at once. All replies must be in by Monday, March 1, 6:00 P.M.

Readers are asked to check one of the following:

I PREFER TO REMAIN ON WAR OR FAST TIME.

-or-

I PREFER THE CHANGE TO SLOW TIME.

They're asked to supply their name and address.

And just to round out this little, perhaps more comfortable trip down memory lane, here are some prices from the A & P Food Store's ad:

Spinach, washed, trimmed, 21c.

Carrots, bunch, 8c.

Peas, fresh, lb. 15c.

Marvel Bread 1 1/2 lb. loaf, 10c.

Doughnuts, Jane Parker, doz., 13c

Cheese, Wisconsin mild, lb. 33c.

Corn Flakes, S.F., 2 8-oz. Pkgs., 11c

Flour, Iona, 24 1/2 lb. Bag, 98c.

Pancake Flour, Sunnyfield, 20-oz pkg., 6c.

Wow, talk about trickle down! It certainly does seem apropos to round this out with a relevant quote from the revered President Reagan: "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."

Whatever.

Email Catherine at

cminolli@pageone-inc.com.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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