18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, June 14, 1913: Nothing much doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Did you ever wonder if people died from different causes a hundred years ago than what they do today? Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an interesting article I found in the June 16, 1913 issue of the Milton Evening Standard.
Births Exceed Deaths in State During March
Births in Pennsylvania during March numbers 18,945, but to offset this increase in population the deaths numbered 11,000, the ratio of deaths to births being higher than the average.
Pneumonia, which always exacts heavy toll during the winter, caused 1,721 deaths in March. The deaths were distributed among the various diseases and other causes about as usual.
Following are the figures compiled by the bureau of vital statistics of the state department of health:
Typhoid fever. . .62
Scarlet fever. . . 100
Diphtheria. . . 171
Measles. . . 314
Whooping cough . . . 77
Smallpox. . . 1
Influenza. . .211
Malaria. . . 4
Tuberculosis of lungs . . . 817
Tuberculosis of other organs . . . 118
Cancer. . . 485
Diabetes. . .63
Meningitis . . . 87
Acute anterior poliomyelitis. . 7
Pneumonia . . . 1721
Diarrhea and enteritis, under 2 yrs. . . 240
Diarrhea and enteritis, over 2 yrs. . 63
Bright’s disease and nephritis . . . 716
Early infancy. . . 716
Suicide . . . 76
Accidents in mines. . . 80
Railway injuries. . . 85
Other form of violence. . . 462
All other diseases. . . 4343