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Life and Fines of the Forties

So right here’s one thing fairly nerdy I simply did:

I learn our metropolis’s ordinance codes from the Forties cowl to cowl – all 200+ pages 😂

Don’t be jealous!!

Picked it as much as see how completely different life and occasions have been again within the day, however as soon as I bought going I couldn’t put it down… Do you know that it was as soon as unlawful in our metropolis to bop from 2am-8am in the course of the week? Otherwise you weren’t allowed to work on Sundays?! Otherwise you’d get fined for spitting on the sidewalk or putting carcasses of useless animals on the street?! I imply – COME ON! In the event you can’t place carcass right here and there, the place’s the enjoyment in dwelling???!

I’m truthfully a bit unhappy it’s throughout… Between the antiquated passages and that stunning “previous e-book” odor, I used to be entertained fairly nicely for a scorching minute. Although I did discover on the market’s an excellent *earlier* model of the code from the late 1800s, so I’ll need to focus my power on monitoring that all the way down to proceed the get together… I wager occasions have been even wilder again then! 😉

For now although, listed here are among the extra attention-grabbing snippets from the Forties… Together with what occurs in case you dare mess with the regulation 😉

We’ll begin off with one thing it’s possible you’ll or is probably not acquainted with recently – quarantining! Adopted by venereal illnesses, which hopefully you’re not as acquainted with however in case you are, a minimum of you’re not handled as a pariah anymore!

Let’s get to the enjoyable…

For reference, $1.00 in 1940 is price about $21.16 in at this time’s {dollars}, and $100 is price round $2,116.26.


Quarantine of Contagious and Infectious Ailments — “Instantly upon receipt of the knowledge that any case of smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, scarlatina, measles or different contagious or infectious illness exists within the metropolis, or inside one mile thereof, it shall be the responsibility of the well being officer to go to the case and in his discretion set up a strict quarantine or isolation of all or any individuals on the premises, or to take away the case to a detention hospital or camp, and quarantine individuals remaining for such time, as in his discretion, could also be obligatory.

He shall report back to the superintendent of police the names of all individuals violating quarantine and the superintendent shall thereupon trigger the arrest and elimination to a detention camp of any particular person disobeying quarantine orders, and upon the discharge of such particular person from the detention camp, he shall be fined by the police justice not lower than $5.00 or greater than $25.00.”

(Think about being arrested or fined for disobeying PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS?? Covid would have regarded quite a bit otherwise if measures like these have been in play in the course of the first elements of the pandemic, hoo-boy… Might have had our complete nationwide debt paid off from folks refusing to put on masks alone!)

Bringing Contagion Into the Metropolis — “Any particular person or individuals who, with out a allow from the well being officer, shall knowingly, deliver into the boundaries of the town any particular person recognized or suspected to have smallpox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, or another extreme contagious illnesses, or who shall, with out such allow, knowingly deliver into the town the physique of any particular person having died of smallpox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, or any extreme contagious illness, shall be fined not lower than $25.00 nor greater than $450.00.”

(That’s $500-$9,500 in at this time’s {dollars}! Hefty!)

Venereal Ailments — “Syphilis, gonorrhea and chancroid are hereby designated as venereal illnesses, and are hereby acknowledged and declared to be contagious, communicable, infectious and harmful to the general public well being. The town well being officer is hereby given the ability, for the aim of defending the general public well being, to quarantine and isolate all circumstances of venereal illnesses prescribed in part 1 of this chapter, when in his opinion they’re a menace to the general public well being and of the residents of the town.”


Report of Attending Physicians — “All physicians in attendance at any hospital or establishment, or who’re prescribing for or attending any non-public affected person stricken with any of stated venereal illnesses, or any doctor having information that any particular person is affected by any of stated illnesses, shall inside three days after acquiring such information, report all such circumstances, giving identify, handle and occupation of the particular person to the town well being officer.”

(Additionally utilized to druggists, hospitals, sanitariums and different establishments during which sufferers have been being handled for stated venereal illnesses…)

“Any particular person, agency or company violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined in a sum to not exceed $300 or imprisoned not exceeding 90 days, or each fined and imprisoned on the discretion of the courtroom.”

Spitting on Sidewalks, on Avenue Crossings or Public Locations — “No particular person shall expectorate on any sidewalk or road crossing or in any church or public constructing or on the steps or doorways thereof, or the steps or doorways of any retailer or workplace constructing, or on the ground or pavement of any railroad station, or public corridor, or different public locations. For any violation of this part the offender shall be fined not lower than $1.00 or greater than $5.00 for every offense.”

(Expectorate – such an excellent SAT phrase!)

Carcasses of Useless Animals and Different Offensive Issues — “If any particular person shall place, or trigger to be positioned, in or on any road, alley, sidewalk, lot or elsewhere throughout the metropolis limits, the carcasses of any animal or another factor or matter offensive to the general public or liable to turn into a nuisance, he shall be fined not lower than $5.00.”

Cease and Waste Cocks — Not a really attention-grabbing part within the least, I simply laughed like a teenage boy after I noticed “cocks” in there 😂😂 Although I did need to Google what the heck it was, and came upon its principally a type of valve used to regulate the circulation of a liquid or fuel. Right here’s an instance of 1:

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Driving Over a Fireplace Hose –“It shall be illegal to drive any automobile over any fireplace hose or chemical hose that could be strung or laid by the fireplace division of the town, throughout the police jurisdiction of the town. Anybody violating this part shall be fined not lower than $5.00 nor greater than $10.00 for every offense.”

Parking Meters — “When any automobile shall be parked in any parking meter zone the proprietor or operator of stated automobile shall upon coming into the parking house, instantly deposit a one cent coin or a 5 cent coin of the USA within the parking meter adjoining to such zone and the stated zone might then be utilized by such automobile for the time period as proven by the parking meter.”

High-quality for overstaying: $1.00 if paid inside 48 hours, $2.00-$50.00 if paid after 48 hours.

(Love that they particularly say “United States” coin right here too, lol… I assume they’d issues with folks attempting to hack it with pesos or different international specimens?! One cent bought you 12 minutes of parking, btw, and 5 cents bought you 60.)

Driving Below Affect of Intoxicants or Medicine — “It shall be illegal for any particular person to drive or function any car or different automobile, automobile, truck, engine, or practice on this metropolis, whereas inebriated, brandy, rum, whiskey, gin, wine, beer, lager beer, ale, porter, stout, or another liquid, beverage or article containing alcohol or whereas beneath the affect of any narcotic drug, or another self-administered intoxicant or drug, of in any way nature.

Any one who violates any provisions of part one in all this chapter shall be responsible of  misdemeanor, punishable by a tremendous of not lower than 100 {dollars} nor greater than one thousand {dollars}, or imprisonment for not lower than one month, nor greater than six months, both or each within the discretion of the courtroom or jury attempting identical, for a primary offense, and the courtroom might, in its discretion, droop the sentence in the course of the good habits of the particular person convicted.”

Water, Gasoline and Sewer — The town charged a flat $6.00 a yr for water hookup, after which extra charges “per tub and water closet and cooled refrigerating machine with one half horsepower” Haha… They didn’t do metering a lot again then, aside from these suspected of making the most of the water provide (although apparently you can manually request to have a meter put during which the town would do in your behalf).

Much like water hookup, fuel was additionally charged a flat charge per 30 days relying on the cubic ft of your property. For the primary 500 cubic ft it prices $0.75, for the following 2,500 – $1.30, and for the following 7,000 – $1.10 (after which continued to go down from there for every extra 1,000 cubic ft). Of curiosity is that in addition they charged for “fuel operated fridges”?! Can’t say I’ve ever recognized that was a factor!

As for sewer, that service was a flat $2.00 per yr per constructing.

Injuring or Failing to Return Books — “Any one who shall willfully injure any e-book belonging to such library, or shall willfully fail to return any e-book belonging to such library, shall be fined not lower than one nor greater than twenty-five {dollars}, or shall be dedicated to jail, in default of cost of stated tremendous, for not lower than one, nor greater than twenty-five days.”

(You could possibly have gone to jail for not returning your books!!! They did NOT fiddle again then!! $1-$25 was $21.00- $525.00 in at this time’s {dollars} too, fairly excessive…)

Process for Erection — (😂😂😂) “In each case during which the proprietor of an improved lot within the metropolis shall be desirous of getting a brand new fence erected between his stated lot and any improved lot adjoining thereto, and the proprietor of the stated adjoining improved lot shall not comply with pay his share of erecting such fence, the most important shall, on software of the get together wishing to have a brand new fence put up, appoint three discreet freeholders of the town to view the premises, and beneath their fingers to say whether or not a brand new fence to divide the a number of such events is critical or not, and the choice of stated freeholders, or a majority of them, shall be binding on the events. And the get together desirous of getting the brand new fence put up might proceed to have it erected, and on the completion thereof, shall recuperate by warrant, from the proprietor of the adjoining lot, one-half of the price of such fence, with the price of such continuing: Offered, that the price of stated fence be estimated as a fence fashioned of fine posts and rails, with undressed paling, and never exceeding six ft excessive.”

(So principally, in case your neighbor wished to construct a fence you have been on the hook for paying half of it! Which I suppose kinda is sensible since you’d additionally profit from it, however nonetheless…)

Avenue Walkers — “Avenue walkers shall be fined not lower than 5 {dollars} not more than twenty-five {dollars}, or imprisoned in jail not exceeding thirty days, or each within the discretion of the police justice.”

Solicitation for Immoral Functions — “Whoever shall invite or entice any particular person or individuals upon any avenue, road, highway, freeway, alley, open house, public sq., or enclosure to accompany, go together with, or observe her or him to anywhere for immoral functions, or who shall invite or entice any particular person from any door, window, porch, or portico of any home or constructing, to enter any home or go together with, accompany, or observe her or him to anywhere in any way for immoral objective shall be punished by a tremendous of not lower than ten {dollars} and less than 5 hundred {dollars}, or by imprisonment for no more than one yr, or by each such tremendous and imprisonment.”

(I want they might have spelled out what different issues they meant by “immoral functions!” The part solely particularly referred to as out prostitution…)

Adultery and Fornication — “If any particular person commit adultery or fornication he shall be punished by a tremendous of not lower than ten {dollars} nor greater than 5 hundred {dollars}, or by imprisonment for no more than one yr, or by each such tremendous and imprisonment.”

(There can be fairly the variety of fines and jail time if this have been nonetheless round at this time!)

Indecent or Insulting Language — “Any particular person convicted of using indecent or insulting language to a different particular person, or of creating any indecent, insulting, or immoral proposal to any feminine shall be punished by a tremendous of not lower than 5 {dollars}, or imprisonment within the metropolis jail not lower than ten days, or by each such tremendous and imprisonment.”

(Additionally: rap music wouldn’t exist 😎)

Sunday Labor – “If any particular person on a Sunday be discovered laboring at any commerce or calling, or make use of his brokers, apprentices or servants in labor or another enterprise, besides in family, or different work of necessity or charity, or in these companies enumerated within the subsequent following part hereof, or if any particular person deliver into or carry about this metropolis on a Sunday, any fowls, chickens, eggs, fruit, greens, meat, or another factor no matter, on the market or barter, such particular person shall pay a tremendous of not lower than two nor greater than ten {dollars}.”

(Fairly wild – nobody was allowed to work!)

Opening Locations of Enterprise on Sunday — “If any particular person, not being a druggist or working a diary, confectionery, inn, restaurant, lodge, information company, filling station, storage or restore storage, or ice plant shall hold his or her retailer, store or administrative center open on Sunday, at any time of the day, such particular person shall forfeit and pay 5 {dollars} for each offense.”

(Chick-fil-A is the one firm I do know of lately that intentionally chooses to be shut down on Sundays… Gotta love the explanation behind it too: to let staff relaxation “and worship” in the event that they select.)

Furnishing Cigarettes or Weapons to Infants Below 16 Years of Age — “If any particular person promote, barter, give or furnish, or trigger to be offered, bartered, given or furnished to any minor beneath sixteen years of age, cigarettes or tobacco in any kind, or pistols, or dirks, or bowie-knives, stated particular person shall be fined not lower than 5 {dollars}.”

(Needed to search for what a “dirk” was – “a brief dagger of a sort previously carried by Scottish Highlanders.” Additionally, Dirk Nowitzki’s first identify :))

Disturbing Non secular Conferences – “Any one who shall willfully disturb any meeting of individuals met for the worship of God, whether or not he be in or outdoors of stated meeting, shall be fined for each such offense not lower than 5 {dollars} nor greater than twenty-five {dollars}, or confined in jail not lower than 5 nor greater than thirty days, or each within the discretion of the police justice.”

Dancing — “It shall not be lawful for any particular person to advertise, help or interact in dancing in any public or non-public room or corridor within the metropolis between the hours of two A.M. and eight A.M. on weekdays, or between midnight on Saturday to midnight on Sunday. Any particular person violating this part shall be deemed responsible of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a tremendous of not lower than $25.00 not more than $200.00.”

(It’s Footloose up in right here earlier than Footloose was even a factor!)

Desecration of Flag — “It shall be a misdemeanor for any particular person throughout the stated metropolis to willfully desecrate in any method of the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia or that of the USA of America, or for any particular person, aside from the proprietor, his brokers, servants, and staff, with out the consent of stated proprietor, to take away from buildings stated flags in stated metropolis or from any road or public place in stated metropolis the place stated flags could also be positioned, or to mutilate or destroy stated flags. Any particular person responsible of violating the provisions of this part or any of them shall be fined not lower than $5.00 nor greater than $100.00 or confined in jail not lower than 5 nor greater than thirty days, or could also be each fined and imprisoned.”

Horses To not Be Pushed Over Six Miles an Hour When Hooked up to Drays and Carts — “No particular person shall drive any horse or horses, when connected to any dray, cart or wagon, throughout the limits of this metropolis, quicker than six miles an hour. Each particular person violating this part shall forfeit and pay two {dollars} for each offense.”

Fruit-skins on Sidewalks and Flooring of Public Halls — “It shall be illegal for any particular person to throw fruit-skins or peelings on the sidewalks, or flooring of public halls. Any violation of this part shall topic the offender to a tremendous of not lower than two nor greater than 5 {dollars}.”

(Weirdly I’ve seen folks do that within the streets in fashionable days… I’m guessing they really feel it’s okay as a result of it’ll naturally disintegrate, however each time I see it I at all times brace for somebody to cartoon-slip and fall on their ass due to it, haha…)


However there you will have it…

Legal guidelines of yore that can assist you for when Jeopardy begins again up once more 🙂

TL;DR: Dancing, fornicating, furnishing cigarettes or weapons to infants, laboring on Sunday, requesting immoral functions, throwing fruit-skins on the ground, injuring or not returning library books, putting carcasses of useless animals on the street, indecent language, driving over a fireplace hose, expectorating on the sidewalk, and never reporting venereal illnesses can all trigger you hefty fines and/or jail time.

Completely different occasions, completely different fines!

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