Thursday, November 22, 2007

100th Birthday Celebration

Yesterday my Grandfather became a Centenarian. We're leaving tomorrow to have a big family reunion and celebrate his birthday this weekend. The man still runs a farm in Western Kansas, and just two years ago (at 98 yrs. old!) I watched him lasso and tackle a calf that needed to be moved to another pasture. Crazy...he's awesome. I hope I inherited the man's longevity genes! He's also a very fine Christian, and I feel blessed to be a part of his legacy.

Here are a few interesting facts from 1907, the year of his birth.

Bread: $0.05/loaf
Milk: $0.31/gal
Car: $500
House: $4,500
Stamp: $0.02/ea
Avg Income: $897/yr
DOW Avg: 59

-Theodore Roosevelt was President
-Oklahoma becomes 46th state
-First Daily newspaper comic strip—Mutt and Jeff
-US Population is 87,008,000
-Annual Teacher’s Salary Averaged $325.
-Average worker makes $12.98 per week for 59 hours
-Radiometric Dating finds Earth is 2.2 billion years old
-Albert Einstein postulates E=mc2. (I think the actual year was 1905)
-Joseph Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel Prize in Literature for stories such as The Jungle Book (1894), The Second Jungle Book (1895), Just So Stories (1902).