RE: [FJGRailroad] "From the Archives"
- Wow, $1.25 for one phone call........I wonder how complicated it was to make that call back in 1912........
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 00:40:39 -0800
Subject: [FJGRailroad] "From the Archives"I'm continuing Joe Klapkowski's idea and posting a few notes "From the Archives." Since the economy seems to be on everyone's mind, why not take a look at shipping costs on the railroad, bills payable, and wages.
(1) Bill collectible from the Little Falls and Johnstown Railroad Company to the FJ&G, July 1912. Telephone toll call from Mr. J. Ledlie Hees, New York City, to Johnstown on May 25. Cost, $1.25. Signed for by one employee as being correct; by Geo. A. Harris as being examined and audited; by W. H. Collins as being approved; and by another person whose name is not legible as being paid. Four signatures for a dollar and a quarter! In today's dollars, that's roughly $27.00.
(2) IRS Form W-2, from the FJ&G to Casper W. Keller, a relative of mine. The year was 1945. Wages, $713.73. In today's dollars, $8,335.89. Not bad for part-time work. (The government took out 10% back then).
(3) Station Record. Car load of bit coal from Somerville, Pa., to Broadalbin Knit. Date: October 21, 1946. Cost of shipment, $198.79. In today's dollars, $2,143.14. I wonder how long it would have taken the factory to burn through 50 tons of coal? What was their yearly inbound traffic revenue to the FJ&G, just on coal? That answer will have to wait until I dig out the entire station ledger.
(4) Station Record. Two cartons of merchandise from Poughkeepsie to Morton & Roseman, Broadalbin, year 1946. Cost of shipment, 60 cents. That included the two cent tax. Today's cost, $6.47. The cartons were shipped on September 21 and arrived October 17. Nearly a month was considered express?
(5) Letter dated December 15, 1949, advising Broadalbin agent R. Bowers to accept perishable freight; but only after declaring to customers that it would get "box car service" as the FJ&G did not have reefer service.
And that's it for this edition of "From the Archives."
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