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Richard French's family

What was it like in 1902

 Dr. Richard Vale French  ( William, Moses, Richard) b. 1864 @Pickneyville, Perry County Il.
 
 Richard married Julia I Williams Dec. 23 1888, with her parents consent at 16. They lived at or near Duquoin , Perry County IL.  He was a coal miner.
 Their 2nd child was  "Male" French b. in 1892.
 
 State records show Richard V. French married Gussie Chitty in ~1898.
 In 1901 Gussie Chitty married someone else!
 
 Richard enrolled in Medical school in 1901 at Louisville KY.

 
 
YEAR OF 1902

This ought to boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

The year is 1902 ..Dr. R. V. French finishes freshman year, starts sophmore year of Med School... . one hundred years ago .... what a difference a century makes!  Here's his United States-
 
Here are some of the U. S. statistics for 1902:

The average life expectancy in the U. S. was 47 years.

Only 14 Percent of the homes in the U. S. 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 U. S., 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 U. S. was 22 cents an hour.

The average U. S. 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 U. S. took place at home.

Ninety percent of all U. S. 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 U. S. 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 U. S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all
Americans had graduated high school.

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."

18 percent of households in the U. S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U. S.


Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.
.... It boggles the mind.....



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