Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 5, 1952 · Page 21
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH V" Member of The Associated Press, Sc Per Copy. ALTON, ILL., THURSDAY, JUNE S, 1952 Mnn to tight Deserts In * worldwide fight he plans id make ngahlst the gradual en- croaeHftiettt of the Earth's deserts, St. Barbe Baker will establish on the edge of the Sahara a university for the study of the life of trees, he said in London. Baker, founder of the Men of the Trees organization, will Invite every na- tion to send two research students to study how to keep the deserts at bay. The high cost of TV sets Is holding back rapid development of television in Denmark. The shells of birds' eggs are made mostly of carbonate of lime. mwtt SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES MAXIMUM PROTECTION AT MINIMUM COST First National Bank & TRUST CO. in Alton Capital and Stfrp/us $1,500,000 Third * B«U« Str**U • Alton, tltlnoU MEMBER FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Inflation Puts Big Squeeze on S mil lies' Fun By <aVVOR MADDOX N'KA Staff Correspondent EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. - (NEAl - The Smillfes, Raymond and Betty and their three blonde girls are lusty people. On Ray's fake-home pay of $3200 a year, they.scoop a lot of fun out of living. But the steadily decreasing buying power of their dollars is putting the bite on their fun. Ray, powerfully built and good nalured, is a big shot in this little tpwn of 800 near the south shore of Long Island. He is the chief of the Volunteer Fire Department. However, despite his white helmet and red chief's car, he doesn't get a cent out of the job. In fact, he has to pay a lot of his own ex- penses. His money comes from working for the town. He does road grad Iftg and repairs, sewer cleaning hauling and general maintenance After deductions for hospitallza lion and state employe's retire ment fund have nicked his bi weekly checks, they total only $3200 a year. That Income Is shrinking in val tie and putting the squeeze on the! way of living. They have had te vay Irhv draw all their savings Out. of th bank. They sold their automobile The house won't be painted thl Summer though it needs it badly Betty has had only one new dres in two years and that was to go t the Volunteer Firemen's Conven tion in New York last Fall, Bu there won't be any more vacation for a long, long time. No Allowance Patricia, the 13-year-old daugh fer at high school, no longer get her weekly allowance of $2. "If just never there anymore^to ham out when the time comes," he moth'er explains. "So Pat babysit at 50 cents an hour when she can DIAMOND RINGS Exclusive at Stone Bros. 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Until recently, Ray and Betty, who get a lot of fun out of being with each olher, have always gone to the movies together every Sat-' urday night and Hftenvurd stopped at the local pub for two beers each and a listen to the Juke box. The movies cost 50 cents each and the beers 10 cents. Today, they have to go straight home after the sho\v. They live in the six-room house where Botty wns born, so they don't have to pay rent. But taxes are $150 and last Summer a new cesspool set them back $150. The furniture shows the folksy wear and tear of throe husky girls and an athletic dog called Butch. The kitchen is well-equipped. II has a good gas stove, water heater and dryer. They use gas because out their way the electricity often goes off during storms. However, the refrigerator is electric. Budget? Betty, still youthful looking but with a few lines of fatigue on her face, takes life as she finds It. She laughs when asked how she budgets? "How can you budget what's never enough?" she replies. "Ray gels paid every two weeks. He gives me all his money and I pay up the bills between then and last pay day. Then I charge again until the next pay day. That's the only way I budget — just spentt everything we get. If someone got sick or we had a big repair bill, we'd be in serious trouble. But honestly, we don't worry too much. It doesn't pay." For the five of them and Butch and Betty's father, who lives with them, they spend $2134 a year for food. Butch gets a daily can of dog food (16 cents) plus table scraps. "Two years ago I could feed them all on J25 1 a week, but today I spend around $40, and that doesn't include Butch's canned food," she explains.' "It doesn't pay for cigarettes, either, and Ray and I like to smoke." Five-year-old Rae goes to the Inter-community cooperative nursery school. The Smillies pay. $15 a month and Betty gives one full day a month to it. The other girls, Pat and 10-year-old Jane (the serious member of the family) go to public school. The family used to pledge a lot more than $60 a year to the church but that's all they can scrape up now. "Everything is getting so uncertain, I wouldn't dare pledge anything so far in advance," Betty says. "I used to give -to all the drives—Red Cross, Cancer Fund, things like that. But I have to say 'No' to some of the collectors today. It's very embarrassing because in a small town everybody knows everything everyone does." Besides the $3200 Ray earns he occasionally picks up a few-extra dollars putting up screens or hau ing a trunk for the neighbors. Bet ty's father pays her $20 a week That covers three meals a day (she makes his sandwiches to take to work), light, room, and laundry They did not pay an income tax. What is inflation doing to the Smillies' attitude toward life? 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