Life in 1907

In 2007 Frederick celebrated 125 years as an official town in South Dakota with our Quasquicentennial. Compare life as we know it today in 2007, with facts and trivia of 1907 to life today.
The year is 1907.100 years ago.

What a difference a century makes.

Here are some U.S. statistics for the Year



  • The average life expectancy in the U.S.was 47 years old.
  • 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 CityCost $11.00.

  • 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 people,

    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 per 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 made $2,500 per year,

A veterinarian$1,500 per year,

A mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME

  • 90% of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned by 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

oncea month , and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.


passed a law that prohibitedpoor people fromEntering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis


Diarrhea 4. Heart disease



  • The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union


  • The population of Las Vegas 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 U.S.adults couldn’t read or write.
  • Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were allavailable over-the-counterat the local corner drugstores. Back then, pharmacists said, ‘Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancyto the mind regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfectguardian of health.’



There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.