Some statistics for the Year 1911

Some statistics for the Year 1911 (100 years ago):

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per 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 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 fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was 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 that prohibited poor people from entering into 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 people.

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 couldn’t 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 the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and 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 USA!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

It’s Owen Reunion Time

Wow, this website has been neglected for many months. It can’t be June of 2011 already can it? 2010 was a weird year with the oil spill spewing oil for months on end. Very late in 2010 was the year I first learned WordPress. Also very late in 2010 was when I first started Facebook and first bought a digital video camera. 2010 was the first year that I started using a PC after using an obsolete Mac for many years. I’ve used a Mac since 1993 but the last Mac I bought was a 1998 model. Only until it became obsolete to hook up to DSL did I switch to a PC.

A lot of things that should be on this website are on my Facebook Page in the Photos Department and Videos Department. Facebook is like the 800 pound Gorilla that takes over other personal websites. I’ll try to get more things here and certainly will after the reunion. There are pictures to be made but usually there’s a video camera in my hand.

Mom turns 80 on June 23rd, and Marnie’s birthday is the same day. Fathers day is this weekend. It will be a big weekend for everybody. See you in Glascow Country.

Communication Update

The website has been updated from WordPress 2010 to WordPress Atahualpa. It now has a better navigation and viewing. Janie just added a great picture of Mamaw Owen and Frodo. It’s been updated with a few shell pictures, FL weather forecast, and FL map for another Winter in The Villages Florida by Mom and Dad. We hope to get down there in the Spring of 2011 and also see a lot we bought during the real estate crash for $6900. (less than 7 grand) and haven’t seen it yet. It’s about 5 miles from the West Coast in the Cape Haze Peninsula north of Fort Myers. Click here to see the lot.

We sold Dad’s Ford Escort. Mom got a BMW convertible. Click here to see the ad.

David Owen

Email from Louis Oct 15, 2010

Today I mailed to my siblings some Family History Information that I’ve had here for years. Amy and David will pick up their copies soon when they come to visit.
See the attachment for a letter I enclosed with the documents.

12541 Charing Cross
Carmel, IN 46033

Hello Amy, David and my siblings.

Dave’s effort at looking into Family history had prompted me to dig up what I have on the subject. I have made copies of what I have for each of you. Some of it will probably be duplicates of what you already have but you can use as you see fit.

I’m sending an Owen-Duncan family tree.

Other family history which you may already have include.
Reminiscence in Retrospect by Irving, Father and Mother-Ike and Stella by Irving, Stories by Velma, and Duncan-Owen Facts by Aunt Edith.

I’m also sending several family tree pages of Heltsley-Richmond

I want to thank David for doing an excellent job of organizing and copying so much of our family information and putting it on the internet. (see for Owen and other pictures)
In addition to the Owen-Heltsley information he has posted some Flener-Howard information.
I encourage everyone to study the information and pictures he has posted there. Thanks again David for a job well done.

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