Column: One Hundred Years Ago

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: One Hundred Years Ago

Snippet: How many times have we heard, When I was growing up, there was no Internet or cell phones, or When I was your age, we had only three channels on the television? Occasionally, we hear comments from those in their 80s and 90s such as, When I was a kid, we didn’t have electricity.

Looking further into the past and learning about what our ancestors did and didn’t have, allows us to get a better image of their daily lives, their struggles and hardships. It also helps us understand how certain things could have happened.

A newspaper clipping I recently read online gives a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors in 1915. For example, fuel for cars was sold only at drug stores, only 14 % of homes had a bath tub and the maximum driving speed in most cities was 10 miles per hour.

It’s no surprise to learn the average person brought home between $200 and $400 a year. The 1911 Census provides this information for my ancestors. Although this wasn’t much money, the cost of things was equally low: sugar $0.04 a pound, eggs $0.14 a dozen.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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