Wright Family 1910

The next glimpse we get of the Wright Family is in 1910. While this decade brings the Wright Family closer to something the Wright’s of today can identify, their way of life is still very different and mysterious.

  • Life expectancy for men in America was 47 years old.

  • Only 14 % of households had a bath tub.

  • 8% of households had a telephone.

  • The was only 144 miles of paved road in the United States with a maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

  • The average wage was .22 per hour making the average annual income $200. 00 - $400.00.

  • 95% of births were at home.

  • Most woman washed their hair once a month with Borax or egg yolk.

In 1910, James was working as a Guard, my research has not yet confirmed if he was a guard at a work camp, a jail or a prison. Maggie was still identifying as a housewife. Three of the young Wright men were still at home. James C. was 25 years old and was working as a ticket agent. On a side note, while I don’t have absolute support for this opinion, I believe that James C. worked for Norfolk & Western Railroad. William H. was 23, his job was a civil engineer. In 1910, he worked as a civil engineer, college was not necessary. All the training needed was a trade school. Thomas R. had begun his career as a merchant. My research has shown that Van E. continued to live with his maternal grandparent and he was working odd jobs.

When we look at the age of the Wright men still living at home with parents and grandparents, we may question that in 2018. In 1910, this was a typical of middle class males. Most of them live with parents or grandparents in multigenerational homes. Many of the males in this era married later in life, waiting to build a career with security and money for a marriage.

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