Looking back 100 years ago in this country, did you know....
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. Two out of every 10 adults could not read nor write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. More than 95 percent of all births took place in the home and there were 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. Most women washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. The pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!"
The three leading causes of death were: 1. Influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet. There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day and women couldn't vote.
The average U.S. wage was 22 cents per hour. An accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500, a veterinarian $3,000, and a mechanical engineer $4,000 per year.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads. Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores and the maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. It had been 6 years since the Wright brothers had flown at Kitty Hawk and the American flag had 45 stars. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30.
What do you think the country will be like in another 100 years?