AMERICANA: Barter Deal in Billings

In these days of depressed grain prices, many American farmers consider themselves lucky if they can cover their production costs. But one eastern Montana farmer, Gene Voss, did better—if on a small scale. With his winter wheat selling for less than $2 per bu. and costing $3.50 per bu. to produce, Voss proposed a barter deal to William Roesgen, editor of the Billings Gazette. "I believe wheat should be $6 per bu.," wrote Voss. "I would gladly bring you 9¼ bu. for one of your subscriptions."

Since a subscription to the daily Gazette then cost $56 a year, Roesgen accepted the...

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