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05-11-2010 09:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: history info

I don’t know how accuarte this stuff is, but it’s worth thinking about.


This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1909.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Fuel for a car was sold in drug stores only

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone..

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard. ‘

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea Hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.. S.A.!

Plus one more sad thought; 95 percent of the taxes we have now did not exist in 1909

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


A P.S. From JJ – – – – – WHAT?? No Canned BEER?????

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 09:48 PM

Thats great…thanks for posting it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 02:56 AM

Did you get this information from Karson? He was a teenager back then and almost got drafted for WW1. fortunately he was not accepted as he had his trigger finger missing due to a table saw mishap.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 03:15 AM

My grandparents were married in 1909. Grandpa wrote his prospective bride a letter (who writes letters today?) and told her that he had just gotten a job that paid $9 per week, so they could now get married.

He was the son of a Civil War veteran. There were lots of them in 1909. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a powerful organization.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 05-12-2010 03:18 AM

I thought he was talking to my wife Roger

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 07:04 PM

My Grandmother, may she rest in peace, was born in 1897. She grew up on a farm in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was one of 23 children and 1 of 4 sets of twins. She had a 3rd grade education, and in 1912, she landed a job at the age of 15 as an assistant to the company accountant in Chicago for a laundry service. She earned $12.40 a week(60 hour work week). She got the job because she excelled at math due to her education. She thought that income tax was started in 1913 because the government saw people migrating from rural farms to the city as an easy target to make money off of.
She called the IRS, a bunch of knotheads – robbing the working class without using a gun. She also thought that Woodrow Wilson was the biggest robber of them all.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 10:55 PM

My grandfather, whom I was very close to, was born in 1891. You are describing the world that he realized as a young adult. I know that he spent time every winter in as a lumberjack in South Dakota. It was 3-4 months of hell every winter but he made $3.50/day which was a lot of money back then. I’ve often thought about what it was like to cut down trees with a 2 man saw, trim the log with axes, and load them on sleds with manual labor and haul them on ice tracks with horses out of the forest. That was a lot of VERY hard work but that is how we got the lumber that built this country at that time. We have it so easy today.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 12:30 AM

Good one Roger…...... You guys are lucky to have the knowledge about your relatives that you do.

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 01:08 AM

I’ve often pondered the medical changes made in the last 100 years, funny you brought this up. Hospitals that help people rather than sanitariums that hid the sick until they died. Doctors with incredible knowledge bases (like the internet!) instead of snake oil salesmen. Medicines and vaccines that flat out removed sicknesses that once were death sentences. Our human capability of learning and teaching that is rivaled by no other animal on Earth (not even monkeys) is truly amazing. We are a lucky generation…after all, we have not only cans but bottles for beer! Woohoo!

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 05:52 PM

Cool post. This stuff certainly gets you thinking about how far we have come. Think about how far even just computers have come in the past 50 years, from not even being invented to all the awesome little gadgets we have today!

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 07:55 PM

juniorjock Thanks for posting I have enjoyed reading the comments. I hope there will be more.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 05-14-2010 03:46 PM

And Hand Tools were the ONLY option!

Thanks for posting

-- Chris

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#12 posted 05-14-2010 04:07 PM

Hand tools weren’t the only option in 1909. Power tools were around and most industries had been industrialized.

Eggs were expensive:


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#13 posted 05-15-2010 02:03 AM

I doubt your grandfather was building in his garage with power tools.

-- Chris

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 03:48 AM

Thanks… father was born in 1901. Wow, what a difference from now….......just looking at the health and life expectancy statistics is overwhelming. I tell my patients, only half of the children born on the prairies in the USA in the 1800’s lived. Most died of pneumonia before age two.

Being an obstetrician-gynecologist, I am accutely aware of the changes, but these statistics bring it even closer to reality. The good-old-days were really not very good.

It wasn’t so long ago that we were at the mercy, in very real terms, of disease and happenstance, at a very young age, mostly infectious bacterial disease. My father’s first wife died of spinal meningitis…..probably would have lived today. I almost died of whooping cough (pertussis), nearly irradicated now by vaccination.

............count your blessings…..........

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 05-17-2010 03:56 AM

Thanks for your thoughts Jim…... all very true.
- JJ

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