We have the luxury of having one of the owners of our company that has been living here since 1967 (and I have a hard time remembering what it was like 14 years ago) and can only imagine the changes he has seen! We often hear stories of the “good old days” from him and I thought it was about time to share some of them…especially this one.
He had recently finished surveying a large section of land known as Blue Mountain and ended up with an odd shaped parcel that he thought might be difficult to sell. Since there was very little commerce (or people for that matter) back then, he decided why not try and barter with the land for something that he really, really, really wanted and was hard to come by. After some very quick deliberation, he came up with ice cream…yes…ice cream. Can you imagine? Well he did indeed make a deal with the owner of the ice cream shop (now long gone) for a year’s worth of free ice cream anytime he wanted in exchange for that parcel of land. He even had a framed deed of the transaction in his old office (that was unfortunately destroyed by a fire) that no longer exists but his memory of that ice cream sure does!
Just a quick note in closing…property in Blue Mountain today is worth anywhere from $200K to $500K. I wish I had an ice cream shop back then!