NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

Rider University 76, University of Central Florida 74
Ben Franklin Bridge

When East meets West

By Hank Miller


This ought to boggle your mind!  Think 100 years doesn't make a difference? Care to guess about what the year 2103 will bring?
Bob Hope was born in 1903, one hundred years ago ... what a difference a century makes.

Here are some US statistics for 1903....

* The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).
* Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
* 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
for shampoo.
* Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for
any reason.
* The five leading causes of death in the US 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.
* The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
* Canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
* There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
* One in ten US adults couldn't read or write.
* Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
* 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 or domestic.
* There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire USA.