Someone whose mother was born in 1918 found some facts about that year and sent them to Harriet Holler.

Harriet, formerly of Hunter, N.D., and now of Fargo, passed them to Neighbors.

Here are some of those 1918 statistics:

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

  • Fuel for cars was sold only in 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; it was 1,050 feet high.

  • The average wage in the United States was 22 cents per hour.

  • The average worker in the U.S. made between $200 and $400 per year.

  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year.

  • A dentist earned $2,500 per year.

  • A veterinarian earned between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

  • A mechanical engineer earned about $5,000 per year.

  • About 95 percent of all births took place at home.

  • Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as “substandard.”

  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound.

  • Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

  • Coffee was 15 cents a pound.

This information Harriet sent accurately concludes, “What a difference a century makes!”

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