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When Mother Fidelis Coleman and Mother Baptista Freaner opened the doors of St. Ursula in 1910, it was their vision to create a place of learning where young women could grow in knowledge, faith, integrity and courage. There were 63 students in the first year, today we are near 700! Following is a glimpse of life in 1910 from other perspectives.
President: William H. Taft
Vice President: James S. Sherman
- Boy Scouts of America is incorporated.
- Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay, becomes immigration center for Asians entering U.S.
- Thomas Edison introduces his kinetophone, which makes talkies a reality.
- Halley's Comet is observed photographically for the first time.
- Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine
- 1st commercially successful electric bus line opens (Hollywood)
- World's 1st female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, appointed (LAPD)
- U.S. tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910
- In 1910, the average starting salary for a college graduate was $750 a year.
- One dollar in 1910 had the purchasing power of a twenty dollar bill today.
- A loaf of bread cost three cents and milk was only thirty cents.
- In 1910, gas cost $ .07 which seems unimaginable with today's preferred average of $3.89 per gallon.
- The average life expectancy was 51 years.
- The average annual income was $860.
- The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.
- The median price of a new home was $2,400.
- The average cost of a new car was $1,590.
- A first-class stamp cost $0.02.