Thursday, November 15, 2007

100 Years

Today is Centennial Day in Oklahoma---100 years! In honor of the day I’m sharing some statistics for the year 1907.

*Only 14% of homes in the US had a bathtub
*A 3 minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11
*The average wage in the US was 22 cents per hour
*More than 95% of all births took place at home
*Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo

*Sugar cost 4 cents a pound
*Eggs were 14 cents a dozen
*Coffee was 15 cents a pound
*A gallon of milk cost 31 cents
*A house cost $4,500.

*The population of Las Vegas was 30
*Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write
*Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at the local drugstores. Heroin was said to clear the complexion, give buoyancy to the mind, and regulate the stomach and bowels
*My grandmother, Eva Maude McMurtrey Swingle was 7 years old as was her twin, Ava Mildred

I wonder what life will look like in another 100 years?


IDnJC said...

That is nuts isn't it? I can't even begin to imagine what our children will face! ps. 1....

Cindy Beall said...

Thanks for the facts, Robin. I'm still trying to learn about Oklahoma. All my history about states is tied to our southerly neighbor :)

Robin Meadows said...

Cindy, check out the museums for a start. There is a great one in Guthrie (Territorial) telling about the land run. I think your boys would like it. It's small and you can make it through it quickly.

Your girls will be pillars in whatever era they live in because you are teaching them foundations in God's Word!