Well, today is my birthday. I am 64 years old and I feel much younger than that, until I walk on my sore knee.
I am very glad and happy for every year God gives me. So with that in mind here are a few statistics and facts from 1953, my birth year.
The Value of a dollar in 1953 –
U.S. Inflation Rate, 1953-2016 ($100) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.55% per year. Prices in 2016 are 798.9% higher than prices in 1953. In other words, $100 in the year 1953 is equivalent to $898.90 in 2016, a difference of $798.90 over 63 years.
- House: $17,400
- Average income: $4,011
- Ford Car: $1,537 – $2,403
- Milk. $.94 a gallon
- Gas $.22 a gallon
- Bread: $.16
- Postage stamp: $.03
- 10 lb bag of C&H Sugar: $.89
- 12 oz jar of Libby’s pickles $.25
- 16 oz jar of Kraft Cheese Whiz: $.57
- Head of Romaine Lettuce $.10
Online Reference: http://www.in2013dollars.com/1953-dollars-in-2016
Suddenly, I’m feeling old. I gotta go to the drug store, oops, I mean to the pharmacy and get some liniment for my knee.
Wow! No matter, life goes on; and God, family, friends, and other loved ones make it all worthwhile.
Here are some things I know about my dad’s side of the family:
- He had a brother named Steven, who was lynched as a teen. I don’t know why.
- His brother, Uncle Jesse was also killed and lynched. His story can be Googled. Uncle Jesse was married and had one child, a girl.
- Uncle Amos ran with his mom and sister to save their lives when people wanted to kill them for their land.
- My dad was on the chain gang as a young teen.
- Aunt Lucy Mae never had children of her own.
- My dad had a sister named Brenda. (My oldest sister was named after her). I never knew her or saw a picture of her. She worked as a maid doing day work. She was killed while working. Her employer, the husband got into an argument with his own wife and started shooting his wife. Bullets were flying and my Aunt Brenda was killed by a stray bullet.
- My dad’s great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Native American.
- Uncle Jesse was a soldier in the Army
- Uncle Amos was a sailor in the Navy
- Daddy was a United States Marine
1870 Census Taker
Here’s information we got from the 1935 Census Bureau about my dad’s side of the family: (1867 – 1945 Florida State Census)
- Will Payne – Born in 1893 approximately (Grandfather)
- Lucy Ann Payne – Born in 1897 (Grandmother)
Ages in 1935 Census
- Will Payne – 42
- Lucy Ann Payne – 38
- Amos Payne – 12
- Lucy Mae Payne – 8
- Charlie Payne – 14
- Jesse Payne – 16
- Ruby Thurston – 25
- Henry Hunter – 36
Both Grandfather and Grandmother were born to former slaves.