LIFE IN AMERICA 100 YEARS AGO
Time passes faster than we think, and we take for granted many things that occur in our every day experiences. Some of the following may surprise you in this flash back to America of 1903:
* 47 years was the average life expectancy.
* Less than 15% of the homes had a bathtub.
* Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.
* There were 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved roads.
* Maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
* The average worker earned about $400 per year.
* California ranked 26th in state population.
* 95% of all babies were born at home.
* 90% of all physicians had no college education.
* Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were a penny apiece, and coffee cost 15 cents per pound.
* Leading causes of death were influenza, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis,
Diarrhea, Heart disease and Stroke, in that order.
* Our Flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska had not been admitted to the Union.
* Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea were unknown.
* The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
* There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
* 90% of U.S. adults could neither read nor write. Only 6% graduated high school.
* 18% of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic.