Extra! Extra! Students Buy Jeep With War Bond Sales
Lakeville high school students in 1945 sold enough war bonds to buy a $1,165 Jeep.
May 18, 1945: High school students in Lakeville took part in the World War II effort from home, selling war bonds to their peers and teachers to raise $1,426.
This photo from the Dakota County Tribune shows student council members in the $1,165 vehicle they decided to purchase—what their intentions were for the Jeep in the long term, however, the photo caption does not say.
Pictured are student council members (back row left to right): Marilyn LeVelle, Gene Tragar, Floyd Hartman, Dick Gephart; (middle row left to right): Cecelia Streefland, Milly Murphy, Marcella Dawson, JoAnn Cahill, Phyllis Yung; (front row left to right): Dean LaVelle, Marshall Airhart, Bob Steele.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering: That $1,426 raised in 1945 has the same buying power as $18,228 today.
You can check out more historical events, exhibits and archives at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Ave. N., South St. Paul.