The value of the century
Last week, The Daily Courier illustrated a pair of Rutherford County residents that were celebrating their 100th birthday in the community.
Considering the recent county rankings for health, it is more amazing that a county the size of ours had, not one but two, women celebrating this feat.
Looking back, perhaps the reason for the longevity has something to do with the year in which the ladies were born — 1913.
After extensive research, we uncovered some things that happened in the year of our Lord, 1913:
• Woodrow Wilson became the 28th President.
• The Philadelphia A's beat the New York Giants 4 games to 1 to win the World Series.
• Harvard was the NCAA Football Champions with a 9-0-0 record.
• Octave Lapize, not Lance Armstrong, won the Tour de France.
• The ozone layer was discovered and Henry Ford developed the assembly line.
• The 16th Amendment (income tax) and the 17th Amendment (popular election of U.S. Senators) were adopted. Interestingly, the tax code in 1913 consisted of 27 pages and today the code sprawls over 73,608 pages.
• Prizes began appearing in Cracker Jack boxes and crossword puzzles appeared in the pages of The New York World.
• The song "Danny Boy" was published.
• The first transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway, was dedicated. The highway transversed 13 states but sadly didn't come anywhere near Bostic the alleged birthplace of its namesake.
• Finally, the closest thing to our beloved county, a fellow named Ernest Rutherford, along with Neils Bohr, described atomic structure.
So, in looking back, it may appear that 1913 was a fairly typical year of which to be born.
Regardless, our ladies celebrating their century may be able to attribute their longevity to good, clean living and true grit.
To them we say, God bless you and may you celebrate many more three-digit birthdays.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark