One Century Ago!


The year is 1906, just over one hundred years ago.  What a difference a century makes.  Here are some U.S. statistics from the year 1906:

 

v     The average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years.

v     A three-minute phone call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00.

v     There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.

v     The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

v     Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.

v     With a mere 1.4 million people, the state of California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

v     The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

v     The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.

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

v     A competent accountant earned $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer $5000 per year.

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

v     Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over-the-counter at the local drugstores.

v     Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant.

v     There were 230 reported murders in the entire U.S. during that year.

 

What might these statistics be 100 years from now?

 

 


Click here to return to the Uplifting Stories Menu page

Click here to return to the Scriptural Jokes Menu page

Click here to return to the Main Menu page