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Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1902....

1. The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven. 
2. Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
3. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. 
4.  A three-minute call from Denver to New York City  cost eleven dollars. 
5.  There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144  miles of paved roads.
6. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
7. 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.
 
8. The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
9. The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour. 
10. The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
11. 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 year.

12. More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
13. 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." 

14. Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound. 
15. Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
16. Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
17.The five leading causes of death in the US were: 
     (a.) Pneumonia and influenza  (b.) Tuberculosis  (c.) Diarrhea   (d.) Heart disease  (e.) Stroke 
 
18. The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma,  New Mexico, Hawaii  and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

19. The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
20. Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
21. There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
22. One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6  percent of all Americans had graduated from high 
school. 

23. 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." 

24. Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic. 
25. There were only about 230 reported murders in the  entire US.

 

 
What USA Might have been like in 1902
Author Unknown
 
Time for Reflection
The year is 1902, one hundred years ago....what a difference a century makes.

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.

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 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 year.

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 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.  Crossword puzzles, 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. Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic. There were about 230 reported
murders in the US.

                                                 
 From R/t Sept. 27 2000
Article by Gene Kinn
 
Fostoria Area Revisited
    Simon Kuhn, of Albion, Ind. the father of Marvin Kuhn, the desperado who killed William Campau in this city a numvber of years ago, arrived in Fostoria last evening.   He is quite advanced in years and told this reporter of an earlier visit to the city many years ago.
    Mr. Kuhn found only about five houses in Fostoria on his first visit while Tiffin had about 15 at the time.
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    Fostoria was a thriving community just after the turn of the last century. 
    
 In 1902 there were 24 physicians, 22 Saloons and 20 grocers, 10 barbers, 7 meat markets, 7 restaurants and 7 cigar manufacturers.  There also were 6 blacksmiths, 6 milliners and 6 bakeries.
   
    Five marked the number of coal yards, druggists, hardware stores, shoe stores, clothing stores, hotels and liveries.  there were also four jewelers, paint stores and harness makers.
 
    Fostoria had three newspapers (Domocrat, Times, and Review-Dispatch), three laundries (including two Chinese) and three justices of the peace.
 
    There were two carriage manufactures (J. J. Eissler & Sons 123 E. Center St. and William Mergenthaler & Son 125 E Tiffin St.)  There was one mattress manufacturer (J.T. Leatherman, 605 Columbus Ave.) one ice cream manufacturer (C.G. Roecker, 123 N. Main), one firecracker manufacturer (Columbia Fireworks Co.,  Union and Sycamore Streets),  one artifical limb manufacturer (Triumph on Columbus Ave.) one barrel manufacturer (Fostoria Stave and Barrel Co., 635 W. Tiffin St.) one department store (Ballreich's, 114 W. tiffin St.) one flour mill (Isaac Harter Co. on South Vine St.) and one bottler (Fostoria Bottling Works, 201 E North St.)
 
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Pioneer Residents of Seneca County
    At their home near Amsden yesterday (Jan, 1, 1902) occurred the celebration of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs William Ash Pioneer residents of Seneca County.
    Mr Ash is a native of Pennsylvania, having come to Ohio with his father in 1883.  On Jan, 1 1851, he was married to Rebecca Trummbo. Mr. Ash was elected Justice of the Peace in 1856 and for 27 years continued in that office. He has , for the past 18 years been vice president of the First Natioal bank of this city. His son Charles is the Treasurer-elect of Seneca County