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Can You Guess the Year? 10-25-10

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller, Lochbuie, Colo.

For Thanksgiving American children went door-to-door in costumes begging for coins or fruit.

This year Saratoga chips were becoming known as potato chips and were sold in tins or dispensed from bulk containers.

Halloween wasn’t popular yet. For Thanksgiving American children went door-to-door in costumes begging for coins or fruit.

The Great Fire this year was a wildfire which burned about 3 million acres in northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana. The fire burned over two days and killed 87 people, including 78 firefighters.

“The Wizard of Oz” this year was the earliest film of Frank Baum’s book. Chased off by the antics of Hank the Mule, Dorothy ended up in her cornfield, where she realized her family’s Scarecrow was alive. She helped him down. A cyclone left Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and Hank spinning around on a haystack, with Imogene the Cow flying. Glinda came out of the background and transformed Toto into a man in a bulldog suit to serve as a better protector for Dorothy. They encountered the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka. Dorothy was captured by Momba, the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying lizards and soldiers. Dorothy defeated Momba, and they arrived at the Emerald City just in time for the Wizard’s going away party.

A box of Cracker Jacks came with a coupon inside, which could be redeemed for a prize.

Forty percent of the work force were working 12-hour days. Workers campaigned for overtime pay and time off on legal holidays. Some factories shut down for a week or two, and the employees all took their vacations at the same time.

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Wages were $3.54 a week for a child in a textile mill, $5.00 a week for a housekeeper. Women in sweatshops earned $8.76 a week and meat packers made $9.50 a week.

Restrictions were put on child labor. In addition to needing a valid work permit, most kids had to reach a certain age or attain a certain level of education before they could work.

Popular songs this year were: “Down By The Old Mill Stream,” “Mother Machree Come,” “Josephine, In My Flying Machine,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” “I’d Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You,)” and “Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey.”

The DELAG Zeppelin dirigible, Deutschland, made the first commercial passenger flight in Germany. The flight took nine hours.

African-American boxer Jack Johnson defeated American boxer James J. Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States.

The first air flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight took place in the United States. The flight, made by Wright Brothers pilot Philip Parmalee was between Dayton, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.

The first junior high school in the US opened in Berkeley, Calif.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded.

Three passenger trains were buried at Steven’s Pass in the Cascade Range. Two trains crashed in a snow storm in Wellington, Wash., 118 died.

Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time.

The “Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuted in the New York Journal.

Alva Fisher patented the electric washing machine.

The first movie stunt was made when a man jumped into the Hudson river from a burning balloon.

Can you guess the year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1982. Congratulations to Jimmy Brotherson of Mountain Home, Utah, for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This year Saratoga chips were becoming known as potato chips and were sold in tins or dispensed from bulk containers.

Halloween wasn’t popular yet. For Thanksgiving American children went door-to-door in costumes begging for coins or fruit.

The Great Fire this year was a wildfire which burned about 3 million acres in northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana. The fire burned over two days and killed 87 people, including 78 firefighters.

“The Wizard of Oz” this year was the earliest film of Frank Baum’s book. Chased off by the antics of Hank the Mule, Dorothy ended up in her cornfield, where she realized her family’s Scarecrow was alive. She helped him down. A cyclone left Dorothy, Scarecrow, Toto and Hank spinning around on a haystack, with Imogene the Cow flying. Glinda came out of the background and transformed Toto into a man in a bulldog suit to serve as a better protector for Dorothy. They encountered the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and Eureka. Dorothy was captured by Momba, the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying lizards and soldiers. Dorothy defeated Momba, and they arrived at the Emerald City just in time for the Wizard’s going away party.

A box of Cracker Jacks came with a coupon inside, which could be redeemed for a prize.

Forty percent of the work force were working 12-hour days. Workers campaigned for overtime pay and time off on legal holidays. Some factories shut down for a week or two, and the employees all took their vacations at the same time.

Wages were $3.54 a week for a child in a textile mill, $5.00 a week for a housekeeper. Women in sweatshops earned $8.76 a week and meat packers made $9.50 a week.

Restrictions were put on child labor. In addition to needing a valid work permit, most kids had to reach a certain age or attain a certain level of education before they could work.

Popular songs this year were: “Down By The Old Mill Stream,” “Mother Machree Come,” “Josephine, In My Flying Machine,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” “I’d Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You,)” and “Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey.”

The DELAG Zeppelin dirigible, Deutschland, made the first commercial passenger flight in Germany. The flight took nine hours.

African-American boxer Jack Johnson defeated American boxer James J. Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States.

The first air flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight took place in the United States. The flight, made by Wright Brothers pilot Philip Parmalee was between Dayton, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.

The first junior high school in the US opened in Berkeley, Calif.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded.

Three passenger trains were buried at Steven’s Pass in the Cascade Range. Two trains crashed in a snow storm in Wellington, Wash., 118 died.

Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time.

The “Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuted in the New York Journal.

Alva Fisher patented the electric washing machine.

The first movie stunt was made when a man jumped into the Hudson river from a burning balloon.

Can you guess the year?

***

Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1982. Congratulations to Jimmy Brotherson of Mountain Home, Utah, for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.