All She’s Seen

Elizabeth Hayes, my grandmother, is 100 as of today, 9/2/2014. This means she was born in 1914. I found myself wondering what she’s seen in her years. So I checked:

Oct 19th, 1914–US post office 1st used an automobile to collect & deliver mail.
My grandpa later used the mail to propose and to send the ring.

Dec 21st, 1914-1st feature-length silent film comedy “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & Charles Chaplin)

Jan 12th, 1915 – House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote
​Women couldn’t vote when my Nanny was born.

Feb 12th, 1915 – Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
I can’t even imagine that something so iconic wasn’t even finished when she was a baby.

Jan 1st, 1916- 1st football game in Rose Bowl (Washington State-Brown)

Mar 25th, 1916 – Women are allowed to attend a boxing match

Jun 15th, 1916 – Boys Scouts of America forms
Geez-she’s older then the scouts?

Jun 26th, 1916- Cleveland Indians experiment with #s on their jerseys (one game)

Jul 1st, 1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market
​My Nanny has been alive longer then Coke has been on the market. How’s that for perspective?

Nov 7th, 1916 – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) elected to Congress as its 1st woman Representative

Apr 6th – US declares war on Germany, enters World War I

Jun 8th – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
​My Nanny is literally older then Mickey Mouse.

Nov 3rd, 1917 – 1st class US mail now costs 3 cents per ounce.

Jan 8th, 1918 – Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)

Jan 27th – “Tarzan of the Apes,” 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater
​Nanny’s older then TARZAN!!!

May 14th, 1918 – Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC

May 21st, 1918 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote

Sep 25th, 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson is paralyzed by a stroke

Apr 17th, 1920 – American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
​Nanny is older than organized football!

Aug 31st, 1920- Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air

Jul 12th, 1921 – Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs

Sep 7th, 1921 – In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.

Jan 11th, 1922 – Insulin 1st used to treat diabetes

Feb 27th, 1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amendment woman’s right to vote

Mar 15th, 1922 – 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
I grew up hearing WSB but she was there when It started.

Feb 22nd, 1923 – 1st successful chinchilla farm in US (Los Angeles California)
​This has nothing to do with Nanny I just found it so random…who keeps up with this stuff?

Mar 3rd – Time magazine publishes 1st issue featuring Joseph G. Cannon (Speaker of US House of Representatives)
​TIME came AFTER Nanny.

Jul 13th, 1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles. It originally reads “Hollywoodland ” but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

Mar 4th, 1924 – “Happy Birthday To You” published by Claydon Sunny
​Wonder what they sang to Nanny until she was 10?

Apr 18th, 1924 – 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Schuster)
​It’s a good thing those came along because Nanny loves her some crosswords and does the IN PEN.

Nov 27th, 1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
Wonder if she heard about it? Bet they didn’t have 4story balloon characters them.

Aug 14th, 1925 – Mount Rushmore 1st proposed
​Years and I do mean YEARS later Nanny took me to see this!

Oct 27th, 1925 – Water skis patented by Fred Waller
​Thanks Fred! My Toccoa family has had many a fun time thanks to you.

Nov 28t, 1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville Tn

Feb 8th, 1926 – Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Mar 26th, 1926 – The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America

May 20th, 1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
​Bet he feels pretty stupid right about now.

Aug 18th, 1926 – Weather map televised for 1st time. Guess until then they just went outside and looked up.

Oct 24th, 1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

Nov 11th,1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established.

Mar 2nd. 1927 – Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)
​They get this per game now.

Dec 2nd, 1927 – 1st Model A Fords sold, for $385
​Ahhh…so that’s what they mean by the good ole days. Can’t get tires for that these days.

Jan 31st, 1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
​What came before tape?

May 15th, 1928 – Mickey Mouse made his 1st appearance in “Plane Crazy”
​Nanny was a teenager before Mickey Mouse made his appearance.

Jun 2nd, 1928 – Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
​Yuck! It taste like they are still using the original block.

Jul 7th, 1928 – Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
I’ve always thought Nanny’s the best thing since sliced bread…ha…Nanny is the best thing since BEFORE sliced bread.

Mar 23rd, 1929 – 1st telephone installed in White House
​Wonder if it was red?

Apr 16th, 1929 – NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
Guess it didn’t go so well when they tried it years earlier.

Oct 29th, 1929 – “Black Tuesday,” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”

Feb 21st, 1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced
Dec 3rd, 1931 – Alka Seltzer goes on sale
​Oh what a relief it was.

May 1st, 1931 – Empire State Building opens in NYC
Had to be in fathomable to a country girl from Georgia.

Feb 16th, 1932 – 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
​You know you are old when you are alive WAY before a fruit

Apr 19th, 1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week
​What was it before?

Jan 30th, 1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio
Wonder if she crushed on Tonto the way my girl crushes on teen actors? Somehow I doubt it.

Feb 26th, 1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field

Mar 4th, 1933 – FDR inaugrated as 32nd pres, pledges to pull US out of Depression & says “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”
​I am not positive but I think Nanny was already teaching. Wonder if she listened to this speech? Or talked about guy in her classroom?

Jun 6th, 1933 – 1st drive-in theater opens (Camden NJ)
​Wonder if there was a baby boom soon thereafter

Nov 12th, 1933 – 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal)

Dec 5th, 1933 – 21st Amendments ratified, 18th Amendment (Prohibition) repealed

Feb 6th, 1935 – “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for 1st time
​And somewhere there is probably a family still playing their first game.

Apr 6th, 1936 – Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia. Close to home. Wonder how Nanny rode out the storm? With a book and a lateen no doubt.

Apr 27th, 1937 – 1st US social security payment made

May 3rd , 1937- Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With the Wind”
​Still my favorite.

Jun 5th, 1937 – Henry Ford initiates 32 hour work week
​Wish that would have STUCK.

Jan 2nd, 1938 – Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
​And Nanny’s probably read everything they ever published.

Jul 24th, 1938 – Instant coffee invented
​No wonder she likes it…she remembers when it came out.

Dec 13th , 1938- Los Angeles freezes at 28°F
​Hell DID freeze over in Nanny’s lifetime.

Jan 26th, 1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind
​Yes, I give a damn.

Jun 12th, 1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY
​As much as Nanny loves baseball I hope she got to see this facility in her travels.

May 15th, 1940 – McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
I wonder when nanny had her first Big Mac–or if she’s ever had one.

1941-What must it have been like to be hearing the news about what was happening overseas? An entire population being butchered and murdered out if hate. I can’t comprehend and I am sure it wasn’t any more comprehensible back then.

May 29th , 1942- Bing Crosby records “White Christmas”, greatest selling record to date.
I bet it was a nice escape-hearing a simple song about simple joys while the world collapsed around you.

Jun 14th, 1942 – Anne Frank begins her diary

Jan 18th, 1943 – Pre-sliced bread sale banned to reduce bakery demand for metal parts
​She saw it invented and banned.

Feb 7th, 1943 – Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)

May 29, 1944-my dad was born. He was a cute little booger and from the stories I’ve heard-100% boy.

I am named after my Nanny and I’ve always been very, very proud of that. From her I got my love of reading.

She’s a walking piece of history. Her house was built by slaves-family slaves that she used to have the original records for. On her mantel are civil war relics dug up from her yard. In the attic are years of letters, handwritten letters from civil war times that tell the tales of family that came before me. She’s taught most of the county she lives in and those that she didn’t teach knew her by reputation.

She’s swatted by behind with her size 13 slipper a time or two. Nanny doesn’t take much flak. Must be the teacher in her. She’ll shush you in a heartbeat when the braves are on but she also tell you the story of who you are whenever asked.

Nanny is an adventurous soul. She drove my sister and my cousin across the county on an adventure I’ll never forget. She wore sensible heels and carried her pocketbook in the raft as we drifted down the white waters of a mountain river in Idaho. She drove like a bat out of hell and I’ll never forget her passing an 18 wheeler on the twisted, curvy mountain roads out west.

100 years and so much history. Amazing.



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