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Who was making money 85 years ago?

Brad Williams

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The average American salary in 1934, during the Depression, was around $1400 a year. A doctor could make $3000 per year, and a lawyer, about $4000. Bus drivers were close to the average paycheck.

When folks went shopping in ’34, they could get four grapefruits for about 20 cents at Goodrich Grocers in La Crosse. Another store sold meatloaf for 12-and-a-half cents a pound. And gas was 10 cents a gallon.

Some famous people born in 1934 include Hank Aaron, Brigitte Bardot, Richard Chamberlain, Frankie Valli, Ralph Nader, and Carl Sagan.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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