News from Ludington, Michigan
I was looking for a family tree item when a news item from Columbus Ohio caught my eye. I noticed that Helen Keller and Thomas A. Edison are mentioned in the item. I also noticed the item from Eaton Rapids because I used to live in Eaton Rapids about 20 years ago.
There are stories about fires and the loss to the family;
“…his barn and its entire contents…” “$3,000”
“…their house… with all… contents…” “$2,400”
I went to a web site to find out what those costs would be in today’s dollars.
1916 to 2015
Annual Inflation: 3.21%
Total Inflation: 2179.73%
$3,000 = $68,391.84
$2,400 = $54,713.47
Link to web site: http://www.dollartimes.com/inflation/inflation.php?amount=1&year=1916
Old newspaper can be very informative even if the items are not about your family tree relatives.
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan
Link to 1916 news paper item shown on this blog posting: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0kpNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4jEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2041%2C695253