By royvantil on Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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Bee Van Til Turns 100

To dear friends and family and a few selected acquaintances of Bee Van Til:

I thought this would be fun for you all to read as we count down the days until the Centennial Celebration at her beloved Lake Lure home...where Bee herself will be surrounded by the bounty of a lifetime of love, devotion to family, and service to humanity.  Actually, it might be enjoyable for you readers of my blog and Freebo’s blog to read it too.

Let's go back a century...

To dear friends and family and a few selected acquaintances of Bee Van Til:

I thought this would be fun for you all to read as we count down the days until the Centennial Celebration at her beloved Lake Lure home...where Bee herself will be surrounded by the bounty of a lifetime of love, devotion to family, and service to humanity.  Actually, it might be enjoyable for you readers of my blog and Freebo’s blog to read it too.

Let's go back a century...

Aug 23, 1911  Beatrice Barbara Mary Van Til  born on this day in history.

Sep 09 The first airmail service (British Post Office) begins on this day in history.

Sep 12  Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0 on this day in history

Sep 17 First transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hrs 4 min on this day in history.

Sep 19  William Golding, English writer, Nobel Prize laureate, born on this day in history (d. 1993)

Oct 4 1st public elevator (London's Earl's Court Metro Station) opens on this day in history

Oct 10 On this day in history Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrow Manchus

Oct 20 Amundsen sets out on race to South Pole on this day in history.

Oct 29 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born newspaper publisher and journalist, died on this day in history (b. 1847)

Nov 01 Introduction of compulsory military training on this day in history.

Nov 3rd Chevrolet enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T. on this day in history

Nov 09 Roy Rogers, American singer and actor, born on this day in history (d. 1998)

Nov 19 NY receives 1st Marconi wireless transmission from Italy on this day in history

Dec 14 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his expedition, are the first to reach the South Pole and return safely on this day in history

Dec 21 – Josh Gibson, African-American baseball player, born on this day in history (d. 1947)

1912:

Jan 06 On this day in history New Mexico becomes 47th state

Feb 14 First US submarines with diesel engines commissioned, Groton CT on this day in history.

Mar 16 Mrs William Howard Taft plants first cherry tree in Washington DC on this day in history.

Mar 23 Dixie Cup invented on this day in history

Apr 6 Electric starter 1st appeared in cars on this day in history

April 12 – Clara Barton, American nurse, died on this day in history (b. 1821)

Apr 14 On this day in history the liner 'Titanic' on maiden voyage strikes an iceberg at 11:40pm, and begins to sink

Apr 15 Wallace Hartley, violinist and band leader of the Titanic, drowned with 1500 others on this day in history (b. 1878)

Apr 26 The first home run hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox) on this day in history

May 01 On this day in history Beverly Hills Hotel opens

May 27 Sam Snead, American golfer (d. 2002), born on this day in history

May 29 On this day in history 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch break

May 31 On this day in history US marines land on Cuba

Jun 04 On this day in history massachusetts passes first US minimum wage law

Jun 07 US army tests the first machine gun mounted on a plane on this day in history

Jun 23 The birth of Alan Turing, Founder of computer science (d.1954) on this day in history

June 25 The Democratic National Convention nominates New Jersey Gov. Thomas Woodrow Wilson on this day in history

June 26 Jay Silverheels, American actor (The Lone Ranger), born on this day in history (d. 1980)

Jul 06 On this day in history 5th Olympic games in Stockholm opens

July 14 – Woody Guthrie, American folk musician (This Land Is Your Land), born on this day in history (d. 1967)

Jul 15 British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect on this day in history

July 17 Art Linkletter, American television host (House Party), born on this day in history (d. 2010)

Aug 07 Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president on this day in history

Aug 15 Julia Child, American TV chef, born on this day in history (d. 2004)

Aug 23 The birth of Gene Kelly, Hollywood song and dance man, on this day in history

Aug 23, 2012  Bee celebrates her first birthday on this day in history in Queens, New York

In 1911:  Life expectancy was fifty years

Average income was $1156

A new car cost $950

A loaf of bread cost 4 cents

A gallon of gas cost 9 cents

A gallon of milk cost 34 cents

A solid oak bookcase cost $1.00 per section

Gold cost $20.67 per ounce

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 82

Top names for baby girls in the USA in 1911:  Mary, Helen, Margaret, Dorothy, Ruth, Anna, Elizabeth, Mildred, Marie, Frances.  Beatrice was #37 on the list.  There were scant signs of Emma (at #35) , Sophia, Olivia, Isabella, and Madison, the hottest names of 2011

Top songs of the autumn of 1911:

1.  Alexander's Ragtime Band by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan, written by Irving Berlin

2. Down By the Old Mill Stream by Harry McDonough, written by Tell Taylor

3.  Let Me Call You Sweetheart by the Peerless Quartet, written by Friedman and Whitson

Now ask yourself if the three top songs of 2011 will be fondly remembered so well that your great great grandchildren will know all the lyrics in the Year 2111.

Happy Birthday, Bee.  We love you and salute you for your remarkable century.

Thanks to Bee and Bill for creating our family so we could gather together to celebrate this rare and wonderful day in our history.

Roy, #2 son and #3 child

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