A Look Back To 1913 In Benson

It’s 1913.  The Hudson sedan goes on display at the 13th New York Auto Show, the first prize is included in Cracker Jacks, the 16th Amendment authorizing the 1% income tax is ratified.

President Woodrow tosses the first pitch at the Yankees – Senators baseball game. Tiny Broadwick is the first woman to parachute from an airplane.

The Lincoln Highway opens as the first paved coast-to-coast highway. The Philadelphia A’s beat the New York Giants to clinch the 10th World Series.

The first drive-up gasoline station opens in Pittsburgh and it sells for 7¢ a gallon. The stolen ‘Mona Lisa’ is returned to the Louvre after 2 years.

Charlie Chaplin began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week. Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for the Heavyweight boxing title.

The first crossword puzzle is printed in the New York World. Donerail becomes the biggest long shot winner of the Kentucky Derby in history.

Henry Ford institutes the moving assembly line and these Benson residents prepare for a day of motoring.  Photo courtesy of the Johnston County Heritage Center. Originally contributed in 2013 by Carter Rabil.