The year is 1903, one hundred years
ago... what a difference a century
makes. Here are the US statistics for
The average life expectancy in the US was
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US
had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a
A three-minute call from Denver to New
York City cost eleven dollars..
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 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
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 fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee
cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once
a month and used borax or egg yolks
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor
people from entering the country for
The five leading causes of death in
the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars.
Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii
and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and
iced tea hadn't been invented.
Ninety-eight per cent of the people
had not heard of an automobile or air
There were no Mother's Day or Father's
One in ten US adults couldn't read or
write. Only 6 percent of all Americans
had graduated from high school.
Coca Cola contained cocaine.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were
all available over the counter at
corner drugstores. According to one
pharmacist, "Heroin clears the
complexion, gives buoyancy to the
mind, regulates the stomach and the
bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect
guardian of health."
Eighteen percent of households in the
US had at least one full-time servant
There were only about 230 reported
murders in the entire US.
Just think what it will be like in
another 100 years.
opinion on what it will be like:
Everything will be absolutely
beautiful, sickness, sorrow,
heartache, pain, cares, and sin
will all have vanished! Christ
will have ruled for a great
number of years by then. We will
be into his thousand year reign
by that time. This little old
ball of yarn is about wound up.
Life as we know it on this
planet today will soon be a
thing of the past, not future.