George Schnopp explains Xmas tree price hike

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Th "Gir a vi BY HE* SERVICE. IttC. T. M. RgC. U. fc. _f t *T. OFF ber of trees shipped to the United States from the province this year will be barely one-third of last year's shipment when epproxi- j mately 950,000 trees were exported. Other States In Montana, Minnesota, wiscon* "Can't that secret naval weapon of yours wait until tomor- " The children simply have to take a bath tonight I__ and not row war religion or- Christmas Trees Expected To Be Scarce and High sin, Maine, Vermont and Massa- - ,, chusetts the labor shortage w.U cut production. Montana, the i M 6 , cr source of ChrtatmM trew for the : West and Middle West, "ill Its shipments of Doug as fir b y t h ,, a about 30 per cf"t v a b o ^ l'^°TM ;air trees, compared with 2,13S,oou_m special petitions $21,000,000 executive with Book Book 4. ol No. 1 coupons vegcta- Z B. 20. to for C coupons From now m u s v of each in- after second Jan. comes a good J coupons quantity, or king 33 cost. North Monday 12.30 for of on after change "ana- with l ems -- so much so that -- . will be high and the articles scarce, states, Transportation and labor problems coupled w i t h an advance in price 000 trees, compared with 2,400,000: 1942. He believed the price o f $1.50 for the most marketable | tree, three to four feet tall, would be "advanced considerably." | 900,000 trees, but state conserve-i lion officials anticipate a reduction. of 40 to 50 per cent, end prices will be higher. i ,-,.,..., -- Wisconsin's average crop totals! 'price! cenT of "the Christmas 'trees to the' Maine's crop was estimated ' - - ship hardly-.650,000 trees, the same as last government'veer. The normal pre-war output Mark Up on the Stump, Labor Shortage And Transportation Curtailment Play Havoc With Market Berkshire dealers in Christmas He hears that Canada and Mon- trees are up against many prob-i tana, which supply n o r m a l l y So per will The this year Canadian by the landowners play a part in K i n g the trees, JL I1C 1_.CIMCI.'J 11*11 ^ \ j i , i * " * t « ^ » - * ' · · - - - - - - . not release manpower for cut-!was 1,300,000 troos. Hich wages the the favorite Christmas kiddies and adults. feature oil burden on railroads precludes the No addi-[shipment of non-essential com- and the w a r t i m e 1 paid to cutters will L i l t ? MUUitry emu u-^ «·* «"··« * . . - j ^ i n ^ i . . ^ . . ! , -.*. -ii-iii v,.j^»\,ii LIU.. ^ ^ tional gasoline is being allowed byirnodilies. It is almost impossibleipliances reponei the OPA for the harvest and thiS:f o r contractors to hire labor for!mas tree lights further curtails activity. Jarrett Stearns, dealer of Worth- inglon, is sending his trees by to New York State, selling apiece in his yard. Many box cars suitable for trans- j past double the retail retail price, state officials believed. Manufacturers of electrical ap- id t h a t no Christ,i Christ,i ,vi i mas tree lights have he-en pro- trees, -duced since 1EM2, end the- only Lock-i available this year will be from decorations from years have been broken or lost, will be d i f f i c u l t to the job of harvesting the Transport Controller T. C. ^.--.. ; ~ . --- -· wood wood has prohibited railroads from stock carried over. If tinsel, shipping trees in flat or open cars.lbulbs, and rfvnr«tinns from *---~ truck at $1 apiece in his yard. Many ^ j n Dox (^u* a u u a u n r t^i n m ^ . - j c n o u arc cutting 40 per cent less trees; porting grain, feed, and other es-.they . than e year ago, due to l a b o r j ^ n t i a f commodities. Officials of ;The Christmas tree, w i t h its lights hortage. Flat cars for s h i p p i n g ] l h e M i n i s t r y of Lands and Forests and decorations, may we.l rees are not available, and if j i n Quebec Province saidd the n u m - ' l u x u r y Ihisjyear. are not available, acked .into box cars the and govern' nent requires f u m i g a t i o n as soon as packed. This involves extra expense. expense. The price for trees retail s about double last year's price, as so few men can be found to go nto the woods and cut. Labor Cost Prohibitive Smith Tillotson, evergreen dealer dealer of Dalton, and Brague, Inc., of Hinsdale, will ship few trees this year because of high, labor and :ransportatioru Both firms are shipping spruce boughs. Mr. Tilot-son Tilot-son ships seven or eight thousand thousand trees to New York City normally--what normally--what s h i p p i n g he does this year is by trailer trucks. George Schnopp of Dalton, dealer, dealer, is shipping spruce boughs by truck. Labor is scarce and high he buys trees and boughs f r o m farmers, and on lots, and cuts them ' imsel-f, a-s well as buying from the farmers. Mr. Schnopp says he has to pay, on the stump twice the amount he paid lasl year. This year he will ship about 10,000 trees, as compared to 15 or 20,000 trees in other years. Trucks come from Hartford, Conn., Springfield, Springfield, and Albany, N. Y., and offer the farmer a better price than lo cal dealers, and carry the tree. away w i t h them in trucks. Tin ost of transportation is high, fie. ars are not available for sendin] by freight, and box cars, when available, will carry only half th oad that flat cars will take, which doubles the cost of transportation. In other words, the embargo on lat cars for Christmas tree shipments, shipments, has jacked up the price of trees, says Mr. Schnopp, and other dealers agree. Mr. Schnopp does not start cutting cutting Christmas trees in quantity until after Thanksgiving. Weather conditions will in part determine the price. Last year, two weeks Before Christmas, the ice storm made getting trees cut and to market, market, a difficult task, which jacked up the price. Because of the high price last year, caused by tha storm, some persons t h i n k they can get the same high price this year. Thus, labor and transportation transportation may cause many a home to be without Christmas greens this year. Propaganda H;vs Effect As one dealer said, "Propaganda from Canada will help to make the farmer charge more for trees." llllllllllllllHllllllllllllllllllllll XEMLO,EW!S?V SUrJtt^^-g^ "" WILLIAM TRACY u ENDS Robert Taylor in "BATAAN" TODAY Deanna Durbin in "Hers To Hold The Theatre Presents... Sparkle and zing...and that sort of thing, with Cory rarin' to wrap up one of the cutest packages he ever made hoe to/ Its

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  1. The Berkshire Eagle,
  2. 20 Nov 1943, Sat,
  3. Page 9

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