Historian

Tina Meyer
2118 60th St.
Des Moines, IA 50322
515-612-4554
Email: ihpahistorian@yahoo.com

Life in 1912 when the

Iowa Beekeepers Association was Formed

- Dixie Cup is invented
- Life Savers Candy was created by Clarence Crane

- Motorized movie cameras were invented, replacing its hand-cranked predecessor

- New Mexico and Arizona became the 47th & 48th state

- Pitcher ‘Cy Young’, for whom the major baseball award is named, retired with 511 wins

- Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie, and named it the “Oreo”

- Girl Scouts of U.S.A. is founded

- The 5th Summer Olympics was held in Stockholm, Sweden

- Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from an airplane

- The average life expectancy was 47 years

- The average wage in 1912 was $1,022 a year

- The average car cost $941.00

- The Five leading causes of death were: 1- Pneumonia and influenza 2-Tuberculosis 3-Diarrhea

     4-Heart disease and 5-Stroke

- Two out of every 10 American adults couldn't read or write and only 6 % graduated from high school   

- The American flag had 45 stars.
- The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!

- Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone.
-Eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins June 6th. It’s the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th    

    century.

-Arctic explorer Robert Scott's diary & dead body found in Antarctica – Nov 12th

-On April 15th, the "unsinkable" ocean liner “Titanic” sinks on her maiden voyage after colliding with an      iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, over 1,500 drown.

-Cost of a first-class stamp – two cents

-Cost of sugar - .04 cents a pound / eggs – .14cents a dozen  / coffee - .15 cents a pound.

- Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
-There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
 

Facts about 1910-1920                                              Compared with 2012

• U.S. Population: 92,407,000                                             • U.S. Population: 312,780,968

• Life Expectancy: Male 48.4 Female: 51.8                       • Life Expectancy: Male 75.6; Female: 80.8

• Average Salary $750 / year                                              • Average Salary $50, 233 / year

• Move stars, the Ziegfeld girls earns $75/week.            • Movie star earns $1.5 to $3million

• Unemployed 2,150,000                                                     • Unemployed 8.3%

• National Debt: $1.15 billion                                              • National Debt: over $15 trillion

• Movie attendance:  30 million per week                                                                           • Movie Attendance: 1470 million per week

• Divorce: 1/1000                                                                  • Divorce: 41.8%                              

• Vacation: 12 day cruise $60                                             • Vacation: 12 day cruise $4-15k 

• Whiskey $3.50 / gallon, Milk .32 / gallon                      • Gas $3.89 / gallon, Milk $3.39 / gallon

• Union Membership: 2.1 million - Strikes 1,204

• Lynching’s: 76

Statistics are According to the United States Census Bureau