Hi folks! Many years ago, my grandmother said that the older she got, the faster time flied by and I thought she was getting senile. Well, fast forward 50-plus years and I have discovered she was so right! The following article caught my eye and although this year was way before my time, it sure does show how things have changed.

The year is 1917 ... One hundred years ago,

What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1917 in America:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

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.

The average U.S. wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

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

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2.000 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 year.

More than 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 four cents a pound.

Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.

Coffee was 15 cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars ...

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write

And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at local corner drugstore. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help ...

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

Birthdays being celebrated this week include: April 17 – Tyler Mowery and Joanne Utterback; April 18 – Ernie Eagle and Judy Pollard; April 19 – Connie Dalton and Tom Mowery; April 20 – Jesse Ayers, D.J. Dix, and Sheryl Barnard; April 21 – Gary Miller; April 22 – Alyson Baker and Amelia O’Day; April 23 – Jacob Kline, Dean Thompson, George Williams, Renata Lunt and Robert Mapes.

Many happy returns of the day!

My "hats off" award goes to the guys re-doing the East Main St. bridge in Loudonville. They have worked in some of the most awful weather to keep on schedule. My son, who works for the City of Akron’s engineering dept. told me that this company is well known up there for their dedication to time lines as well as quality work.

These guys even stop to wave at the kids in the school buses each day!

We only have one wedding anniversary to report this week: Rick and Colleen Virgili (their ninth) on April 18.


Finally - There is a saying that friendship is one soul dwelling in two bodies. And true friendship indeed is like that. A friend knows your good and weak points, has the courage to point out to you even painful things you need to see, and is willing to share in your joys and sorrows. They brighten up your day by their mere existence.

Friends are like flowers in the garden of life. Have a great week!