What was life like 100 years ago? We just learned a few days ago from an email from a friend. I feel secure these figures and information are correct because they come from the year 1915, and I followed soon after that in 1921. So, get ready.
Fuel for their cars was sold from drug stores. Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The average wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour, and the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A dentist could make up to $2,500 per year. A veterinarian could make from $1,500 to $4,000 per year. A mechanical engineer could make approximately $5,000 per year.
Other interesting information: More than 95 percent of all births took place in the home. Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education. They attended so called medical schools, some of which were called “sub-standard” by the press and the government. Eggs were 14 cents per dozen. Coffee was 15 cents per pound. Here’s one for you: Most women washed their hair once a month using Borax or egg yolk for shampoo. Five leading causes of death were: 1. pneumonia and influenza; 2. tuberculosis; 3. diarrhea; 4. heart disease; and 5. stroke.
In 1915, America had 45 states, and the population of Las Vegas at that time was 30. There was neither a Mother’s Day or a Father’s Day. Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school. There were approximately 230 “reported” murders in the entire U.S.
That is the information I received. I can remember things from my early childhood which seems to validate that above information. I remember the gasoline pumps which stood straight up with a glass container on the top holding just 10 gallons of gas, and all 10 could be purchased for $1. I remember wheat at 15 cents per bushel. I remember my dad doing farm work such as cutting corn with a cornknife for 50 cents per day.
So, what has happened since 1915? According to Encyclopedia Americana, a very significant event occurred. According to the encyclopedia concerning Alfred Einstein, “At the age of 12, he became aquainted with Euclidean geometry and thereafter read so avidly in the fields of mathematics and science that at the age of 16, he had a good if informal understanding of mathematics up to the calculus and most of what was then classical physics.”
He developed the theory of relativity, which soon was researched and validated by a number of scientists as true. He was not happy with it because it proved the universe had not “always been” but was “created.” This theory has a history of being one of the most outstanding theories of history.
A discovery that occurred by accident happened in 1915. Two men, named Penziac and Wilson who had positions at Bell Labs in New Jersey were disturbed because of a continual sound being picked up on antennas. It was found to be radiation coming from space and turned out to be “one of the most incredible discoveries of the last century,” and was found to be ”the afterglow from the Big Bang fireball explosion.”
In 1989, NASA launched a $200 million space satellite with sensitive instruments that proved to be “the most important discovery of the century, if not of all time.” (Stephen Hawking, astronomer). It was proof of the creation of the universe.
The sensitive instruments had proved what had been discussed by scientists. Let’s go back in time to about halfway to 100 years ago. Do any of you remember what life was like in the mid-1900s? Do you remember that it was during Theodore Roosevelt’s years as president that the Social Security program was begun? The common plan for most people at that tme was to retire at age 65 with the hope we might live another five to eight years. Today, we hope to reach 85 or more.
We have considerable discussion concerning the end times in our newspapers and magazines today. For instance, one of the signs speaks of a large increase in knowledge. I am certain we can all agree to that. Let’s take a look at one of our most significant factors.
In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered DNA (deoxyrobincnucleic acid). This is the chemical which encodes instructions for building and replicating all living things. This includes all people, animals and nature. It is a part of every living cell. By the way, did you know each of us, depending upon our size, will have 60 trillion to 70 trillion cells in our bodies? The DNA cell is the blueprint for who each of us is. To simplify what several scientists have said about the DNA cell is that if the information contained in it were written in English, it would fill approximately 1,000 encyclopedias.
I’m sure you know it is what the law uses to certify just who we are. Remember that it was DNA that revealed bodies after that airplane crash a few months ago.
It’s virtually impossible to keep up with what’s happening in the world. Let’s just enjoy it.
Arris Johnson is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.