Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Chickasha Media Mistreated My Grandfather Sipuel.....

Some will label me as being on the attack.... verbally direct... in calling the 1946 newspaper article strictly racist..... prejudicial against a prominent Negro who owned a car....

I wondered how much a car cost back in 1945-46??

What Things Cost in 1945:
Car: $1,250
Gasoline: 21 cents/gal
House: $10,000
Bread: 9 cents/loaf
Milk: 62 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market: 152
Average Annual Salary: $2,900
Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour
Dad Sipuel and Big Mama did indeed buy/own a car, along with two houses.  Their first home property in Chickasha, OK was -- on the other side of the railroad tracks..... where a majority of Negroes lived.
The home-place that I know of.... was 601 N First Street, and 605 N First Street.
I may now be able to estimate my grandparents net worth..... possible Average Annual Salary was $2900 yr ---  noting that my Big Mama never worked.... the only work available to black women of the early 1910-1940's was daywork... cleaning the homes of whites as a maid.   
The story is told that the one time Belle Sipuel did not to work for a white woman... the woman was being as nice as she knew how...(to a colored woman) and was calling her Belle.... do this and do that.   Big Mama abhorred being called by her first name by whites --- she was Ms Sipuel....  thus telling her so.   Shockingly....  :)    that was Big Mama's one and only day of work!!!

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