Friday Funny: High Cost of Trowing Eggs

Can you guess what year this article appeared in print?

The costs in the assault case against Mrs. Andrews, who is accued of throwing spoiled eggs at her neighbor during a quarrel a few days ago, amount to the sum of $42.05, which the court assessed against the defendant.

Boy, times have changed when an assault is now something more egregious than spoiled eggs.  Over 113 years ago near Tacoma, Washington, two neighbors just couldn’t get along. And if that $42.05 in today’s dollars were assessed, the defendant would have to sacrifice about $1,000 for the eggs which could cost $2.07 a dozen.

(Article: found in The Tacoma Daily News: Tacoma, Washington, 26 April 1904)

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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