Cost of items in 1900

This novel ad in the Jan. 19, 1900 issue of the Bellevue News must have brought a chuckle or two from its readers:

Bill of Fair

Open at all Owars

Bakon-Eggs 15 cents

Ham Eggs 18 cents

Corn beef cabbage 10 cents

Lam Chops 15 cents

Lam Fries 15 cents

Stake 10 cents

Liver Chops 15 cents

Pork Beans 10 cents

Chicken Frize 15 cents

Puden and pie 15 cents

Another sign in a saloon read, “A ror oster wit evry drink.”

And this announcement in front of a beer refectory read like this: “Fre Lunge 112 2.”

It probably took a man who saw it some time to figure out that the patron who didn’t drop in between 11 o’clock and 2 o’clock would be very apt to miss the free lunch.

A recent conversation with Alan Wybensinger, meat cutter at Whitely’s Cardinal Foods, gave us a comparison of prices between 1900 and the present:

Round steak per pound 12 cents, now $2.69

Porterhouse15 cents, now $6.99

Sirloin 15 cents now $4.49

Shoulder steak 10 cents now $1.99

Boiled ham 20 cents now $1.99

Sliced ham 13 cents now $2.69

Bacon 14 cents now $2.79

Bologna 9 cents now $1.99 and

Frankfurter 9 cents, now $2.99.

Real estate prices show a “sharp” increase in 1900.

Rachel Boardman sold a home at 131 Greenwood Heights to Nettie Rastall for $1,400. The home was built by contractor W. L. Minzey. Samuel E. Kern purchased George James’ home at 508 East Main St. for $2,000.

W. H. Erdrich sold his property at the corner of N. Sandusky and North streets to the Board of Education to build the $26,500 new high school building. Erdrich purchased a lot from L. E. Gardner for $75 at the corner of Dewey and Monroe streets where he moved the home. He then purchased the DuSouchet property at 178 High St. for $2,200.

J. D. Cook Clothing and Shoe Store advertised men’s suits from $4.90, $6.50, $7.75 and $10. The materials to choose from are pure wool, cheviots, tweeds, blue serges, cassimeres, hairlines, dotted stripes, etc.