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The advantages of cooking with electricity

Our History: April 1957

Apparently appealing to the man of the house as a way to get his dinner on time, this ad from our April 11, 1957 issue extolled the advantages of cooking with electricity.

Among the news that month was a report that in order to meet increasing competition from trucks, the railways had announced a carload incentive program for goods such as groceries, hardware, farm implements and construction materials.

A story in our April 4 issue said that Prairie snow cover was rapidly disappearing, with farmers reported on the land in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, though no seeding was reported to date.

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A series of meetings started April 9 to provide information on grasshopper control. Infestation was expected in about 50 municipalities, with serious infestation in a 50-mile-wide area from Neepawa southeast to Emerson.

At a meeting at Oak Lake, farmer P.B. Dickson said assistance to producers flooded year after year in the Assiniboine Valley was “little short of disgraceful,” but when Winnipeg was threatened, assistance “rushed from everywhere.”

In our classifieds, 80 acres with house, barn and chicken house at St. Eustache was offered at $3,800 half cash. A No. 21 Massey-Harris self-propelled combine was priced at $950, and perhaps in a sign of the times, a horse hay sweep was for sale, never used.

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