|Bowling Green in the 1800s|
Bowling Green Kentucky, Sunday Morning, Vol. 3, No. 14
August 8, 1897
A Hundred Years Ago
A day laborer received two shilings a day.
Imprisonment for debt was common practice.
There was not a public library in the United States.
An old copper mine in Connecticut was used as a prison.
There was only one hat factory, and that made cocked hats.
Books were very expensive. Lives of the Poets cost $15.
Crockery plates were objected to because they dulled the knives.
Dry good were designated as “men’s stuffs” or “women’s stuffs”.
Virginia contained a fifth of the whole population of the country.
A horseman who galloped on a city street was fined four shillings.
A man who jeered at a preacher of criticised the sermon was fined.
Two stage coaches bore all the travel between New York and Boston.
Six days were required for a journey between New York and Boston.
Stove were unknown. All cooking was done before an open fireplace.
The parquet of a theatre was called the pit, and was filled with the rabble.
Three-fourths of the books in every library came from beyond the Atlantic.
Many of the streets were not named and the houses were not numbered.
The whipping post and pillory were still standing in New York and Boston.
The Mississippi Valley was not as well known as is the heart of Africa now is.
Quinine was unknown. When a man had ague fits he took peruvian bark and whiskey.