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Connie Carmichael

Days Gone By 1912: 1912: RUTHLESS PRICE CUTTING KNIFE MAKES LOCAL MERCHANDISE CRY FOR MERCY

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Excerpts taken from the Park Rapids Enterprise. These entries are taken verbatim to preserve the flavor of the stories. That includes spelling errors and often, missing names.

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100 years ago (1912)

March 25, 1912

An announcement was made in the papers last week that there would be something doing at the Cooperative Store soon. The dates have been set for the sale to begin Friday, March 26, 1912, and continuing unabated for 10 solid days. At 8:30 o'clock on Friday morning, whether storm, tempest or sunshine, this sale will begin.

The Afro-American Sales Co. Ltd. will be here with a carload of bargains. Never before in these fertile fields and beautiful forests did merchandise cry for mercy under the ruthless price-cutting knife that knows no limit and spares no department. Never, beneath the canopy of heaven in this county, was such a gigantic sacrifice of price! Profits are forgotten and thrown to the winds. Merchandise will quiver as the last drop of red blood oozes from its old price and it is brought forth and slaughtered for cash-cash-CASH. Cash we want; cash we must have; and cash we will have.

Here are some of the bargains: ladies' pure white scarves, 1c; pins with good points, paper, 1c; ladies shoe strings, pair, 1c; hair pins, per bunch, 1c; men's white handkerchiefs, each, 3c; men's cotton socks, pair, 4c.

70 years ago (1942)

March 19, 1942

'Get a Horse,' coordinator advises; Tire situation is acute

There just isn't enough rubber to go around. That's a fact that everyone connected with the OPA and commodity allocation boards is trying to impress upon motorists.

To conserve tires now in use President Roosevelt last week proposed a speed limit of 40 miles an hour, and asked that all states enact legislation requiring frequent checking of tires to insure repair and retreading at proper times.

March 26, 1942

U.S. seeks farm scraps for guns

Strewed behind the sheds of northwest farms are a lot a scrap iron and rubber that's going to waste as far as the war is concerned.

The government wants those scraps-worn out tractor parts, old or broken axles, disused sickle blades, discarded tires and many other pieces of farm equipment that's just gathering rust.

A drive to collect them is about to get under way, and farmers can make a valuable contribution to the effort to get the materials needed for the all-out war activity.

April 2, 1942

Toothpaste order has 'teeth' in it

No more purchases of toothpaste or shaving cream will be permitted unless the customer trades in a used tube. This order by the War Production Board became effective Tuesday, and is the first of its kind. The order makes dealers responsible for the trade in transaction, and imposes drastic penalties for non-compliance. Maximum fines of $10,000 or a year's imprisonment are prescribed if a dealer makes a sale of toothpaste or shaving cream without taking a used tube in exchange. The tubes contain almost 100 percent pure tin. A voluntary salvage plan inaugurated by retail druggists was called a failure.

50 years ago (1962)

April 5, 1962

First robin

The robins are with us again. Mrs. Anna Wilcox reported seeing one in the yard at her home on March 30.

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