100 Years Ago Today - February 22, 1913

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Here are 5 news stories from around the world 100 years ago.

What was happening in the world one hundred years ago? Hi this is Matt and here are 5 New York Times headlines from February 22nd, 1913.

Number 5 – Woman driving trucks… unheard of 100 years ago and when that happened, it made news. Pawtucket woman, Elinor Caldwell was the daughter of the superintendant of a lumber and coal company. When business employees went on strike, Miss Caldwell begged her father to let her drive the lumber horse truck. Eventually daddy accepted the offer, allowing her to make several trips during the day.

Number 4 – There was nothing wrong with spanking in 1913. A 6-year-old boy named Elmer Nelson showed up at a New York City police station. He demanded that a cop follow him back to his house. An officer went with Nelson and when they arrived at the residence the boy told the cop “Father licked me”. The dad claimed that he punished the boy after he was caught intentionally breaking a watch. When the policeman left, he heard sounds indicating Nelson was being “licked” by dad yet again.

Number 3 – Café Boulevard advertised an upscale, fancy dinner. The Diner de Luxe meal would set patrons back a whopping $1.50. The evening could be finished off by enjoying cabaret in the main room and dancing in the supper room.

Number 2 – Winter storms were terrorizing residents 100 years ago, apparently more so than today since the power grid was much more susceptible to weather. Chicago was left isolated from communication after 60 miles of wires in the city collapsed under loads of sleet. Railroads along with brokers were left without wires and the situation also posed a problem to press and telegraphic businesses.

Number 1 – Dog shows can draw attention in any era. A 3-year-old English Bulldog, called Prince Albert was declared the best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club event. A wire-haired fox terrier received the reserve title and comically growled at the 41-pound winner, Prince Albert as he was triumphantly being led away.