The year is 1902, 115 years ago.
Here are some mind-blowing U.S. statistics from an internet website called MI Stupid.com. http://mistupid.com/facts/page040.htm
- The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47). Today it is 77.5.
- In 1902, only 14 percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub. Most women only washed their hair once a month and they used borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Yikes! There are some good things about today!
- Only eight percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.
- There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
- Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union. It’s hard to believe that 115 years ago California had about double Alaska’s current population.
- The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
- The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour. The average US 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 in the US took place at home.
- Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.
- Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the
- press and by the government as “substandard.”
- Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were 14 cents a dozen. Coffee was 15 cents a pound.
- Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
- The five leading causes of death in the US were: pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease and stroke
- The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
- The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 60.
- Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.
- There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
- One in 10 US adults couldn’t read or write. Only six percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
- We certainly have our share of difficulties in 2017, but reviewing these facts from yesteryear should make us feel rather fortunate.
Editor’s Note: Frank E. Baker is a member of The ECHO News and a freelance writer who lives in Eagle River. Contact Frank via email at: [email protected]