With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 1913

Monday, May 20, 2013


100 years ago.

The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars. Unbelievable expensive given that the average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

The Eiffel Tower was taller than any building in the United States.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.
Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke 

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

Drive-by-shootings, in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy, were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.

Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census. 

And, on May 20th, 100 years ago, John's Great-Aunt Kathryn was born.
Family and friends gathered together yesterday to celebrate her birthday.
(above photo from sister-in-law Carole, fb page)
 Aunt Kathryn was born before woman won the right to vote in 1920.
Penicillin was discovered in 1928 when she was just 15 years old.
 Kathryn and her husband (top left) were married in 1936
Surviving The Great Depression, WWI & WWII, life in the 30's and 40's was not easy but family was always close and caring.
 Kathryn (far right) with her parents at their 50th wedding anniversary, June 1950
 Aunt Kathryn and son, Peter
 Family and friends gathered to celebrate this special occasion.
 Aunt Kathryn and John
 Aunt Kathryn with me and John
Peter and Aunt Kathryn
~working on 101~


lindsey said...

Such an interesting post Lorraine. I can't believe that Aunt Katheryn is 100!!! She looks amazing. So special to be able to celebrate with her.

SarahGeorge said...

How sweet.. She looks just beautiful. And your today's post is very informative too...!It's really interesting! Have a great day.

Cheryl said...

It's amazing to consider that life was so different a mere 100 years ago.

Happy Birthday to Great-Aunt Kathryn...she looks beautiful! How blessed to have so many loved ones to celebrate with her!

Coffee Mom said...

What a neat post! Hard to imagine what it would be like seeing the world change over a 100 years! Happy Birthday to her! We just celebrated my grandma's 87th. Special times.

en-rHed- ando said...

beautiful story!!thanks

Adrienne said...

I loved this post. What a feat - one hundred years old! Thank you for sharing your dear one with us.

Nancy said...

A beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. This was a wonderful post, and I wondered where you were going with it. ;)

Keri On said...

Wow! What a wonderful occasion! A Very Happy Birthday to Aunt Kathryn!
She looks amazing!

Barbara F. said...

Wow! Happy 100th Birthday to your sweet aunt! She looks terrific, not at all like 100! More like 80!! What a great celebration. Life was good in 1913 I bet. :-) xo

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

What a wonderful celebration! The photos are so special and the love is on all of the faces.

Happy Birthday, Aunt Kathryn!

EMMA said...

Joyeux Anniversaire to your aunt Kathryn. She looks great!

Ann said...

Love how you did this post. John's Aunt Kathryn looks fantastic for 100 years old. Happy birthday to her

Susan said...

Well my gosh, LDH, that was quite a celebration and quite a LADY! Her hair is so beautiful, too! Warm congratulations to her and to all your and Johns families. Susan

podso said...

What a delightful post. And what a life Aunt Kathryn has lived---seeing and experiencing so much over the past century, One thing that struck me was how old her parents looked celebrating their 50th. People don't look old like that anymore. My grandma looked like that when she was the age I am now! I guess you can tell I love history and family history especially!

Robyn@SimplyMe1970 said...

What a great post!! God Bless Aunt Katherine! 100! She looks wonderful!!

Winnie said...

What a lovely and loving post.
I wish your Aunt Katheryn all the blessing!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Aw, Happy B-Day to Aunt Kathryn! Looks like you all had a fun time:@)

Cyn said...

wow how neat! The stories I bet she could tell with all the changes that this country has been though.

Kara @ Petals to Picots Crochet said...

That is awesome! Happy birthday to Aunt Kathryn!

Maple Lane said...

God bless her. She is cute as a button and I love her shirt! And as a great aunt myself, it's nice to see her surrounded by loving family.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

WOW!! What an accomplishment!! I have been seeing a lot of really healthy 90+ patients lately at work. It amazes me....

I think back to when I started working as a nurse 35 years ago... My first hourly wage was $5.25!!! I now make 8 times that an hour!!


Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

This is wonderful. I really enjoyed it, because my mother-in-law is 98!! I think often of how much has changed in her lifetime.
Great post..what a reason to celebrate!!

Debbie Petras said...

Happy birthday Aunt Kathryn! It kind of puts things into perspective as I read what has changed over the last 100 years. She has seen it all; amazing.

Blessings and love,

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my gosh! How wonderful! I absolutely love the back of her sweatshirt. Happy 100th Aunt Kathryn. Such great photos. And the best part is that she is still going strong. What a blessing! Best wishes, Tammy

Maryann said...

Oh my goodness, she looks wonderful. Just think about all the changes she has seen in her lifetime....pretty amazing. Looks like a wonderful celebration

Sandy said...

That is just wonderful! Happy Birthday to Aunt Kathryn! She looks great, too.

kitty said...

Wow, doesn't Au t Kathryn look wonderful? I love her sweatshirt, especially the back!! Thanks for sharing the happy milestone.

Ash said...

I love your blog!

Donna said...

Congratulations to her! What amazing things she has seen in her lifetime!

Leann said...

Oh this gave me goose bumps. How wonderful to have lived and had such a great life and experienced so much.

Here's to 101!

Christie Daruwalla said...

Wow! Your peach rolls look so good. I love how much fluffy and light they look. Wish I could have one right now.

Traci said...

I love her sweatshirt! She looks awesome! How wonderful for y'all to have had her so long.

Debbie Huffaker said...

That's just so precious. My precious Mamaw died on May 7, 2011, just 4 months shy of her 100th birthday. So glad you all got to celebrate such an awesome milestone!!! HOPE your Memorial Day weekend is blessed!!!


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