Oak Harbor: Gas was only 10 cents per gallon, but on the drive home...

Old friends Reka Van Wieringen (left) and Jessie Beeksma (right), both class of 1931, catch up on good times in preparation for an Oak Harbor High School 1931 to 1957 class reunion on Aug. 9. - Rebecca Olson/Whidbey News-Times
  • Aug 4, 2008 at 12:01PM updated Aug 5, 2008 at 1:21PM

Gas costs 10 cents per gallon, but on the drive home from filling the tank, a car may be delayed by cows crossing the road. Lanterns were the mode of lighting, even after the introduction of electricity, since it wasn’t on 24 hours a day. Trucks with benches passed as school buses and bartering for gas, eggs and chickens took the place of using money.


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