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100 years ago...

Some history as we start the 100th Year of Cooperative Extension:

Milk - $ 0.32 a gallon
Eggs - $ 0.35 a dozen
Bacon - $ 0.28 per lb.
Potatoes - $ 0.18 per lb.
Sirloin Steak - $ 0.26 per lb.

Union hourly wages:

Bricklayer $0.75
Carpenter $0.65
Painter $0.50
Plumber $0.69

Monthly farm wage with Board - $21.05; without Board - $29.88

For the decade 1910-1919

  • Population: 92,407,000
  • Life Expectancy: Male 48.4 Female: 51.8
  • Average Salary $750 / year
  • The Ziegfeld girls earned $75/week.
  • Unemployed 2,150,000 (2.33%)
  • National Debt: $1.15 billion
  • Union Membership: 2.1 million Strikes 1,204
  • Attendance: Movies 30 million per week
  • Lynchings: 76
  • Divorce: 1/1000
  • Vacation: 12 day cruise $60
  • Whiskey $3.50 / gallon, Milk $.32 / gallon
  • Speeds make automobile safety an issue
  • 25,000 performers tour 4,000 U.S. theaters

Whitley, Peggy. "1910-1919." American Cultural History. Lone Star College-Kingwood Library, 1999. Web. 7 Feb. 2011.