"The Year 1906"
(Author Unknown)

4-25-2007 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #439

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds"].

Today's S.O.W. Seeds service isn't actually a "story" in the usual interpretation of the word… yet it really Is a Story, the story of 100 years of our time here in the USA. It only relates specifically to what is now 101 years ago. Now, I was born in 1953, and the difference between the story time and then is significant… just as what has evolved in the time between 1953 and now is Significant. Regardless of Whatever year you were born… and whatever "technological advances" you have experienced in your lifetime, I'll bet today's Service will cause you to reflect upon Your Own story…

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
The Year 1906
(Author Unknown)

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1906, one
hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some
statistics for the Year 1906:

The average life expectancy was 47 years.

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. And the
maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average wage in 1906 was 22 cents per hour. The average 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.

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 ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 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 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 ? DUH! )

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

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE USA!
Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and
I sent it to you and others all over the United States, Canada and,
possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years… It staggers
the mind, doesn't it?

Pastor's Quote of the Week
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

(From: Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955 )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        When I think about how far the technology of this world has come in so short of a time, it saddens me that as a people, a society, a civilization, our ways of thinking and reactions to other people seem to have progressed so little. And yet… we Have made progress… of a sort. At least Some have…. In fact, Many have. But it seems like there are so Many still that refuse to part with perceptions that have long since outlived their usefulness… their value to the times. Help us to better see through Your eyes.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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