A Look Back To 1917 In Smithfield

It’s 1917. President Woodrow gets permission from Congress to declare The “war to end all wars” on Germany, the cost of a loaf of bread doubles to 8¢.

RBC – the Royal Bank of Canada buys the Quebec Bank, the first jazz tune, Dixie Jazz Band One Step by Nick LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band is recorded on RCA Victor Records.

The first Mr. October, Boston Braves catcher Hank Gowdy, becomes the first baseball player to enlist in WW I, the Raggedy Ann doll makes her debut, Jeanette Rankin becomes the first female Representative in the House.

The US buys the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million, Mary first appears to three shepherd children in Fatima Portugal, Boys Town is founded by Father Edward Flanagan.

The Russians are revolting, the Secret Service begins protecting the President and his family, a first class stamp is 3¢, Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School, the Order of the British Empire is inaugurated.

Bill Kennedy of New York wins the Boston Marathon, the US Supreme Court upholds the 8 hour workday for railroaders, Loretta Walsh becomes the first female Navy Petty Officer, the Seattle Metropolitans defeat the Montreal Canadiens to become the first American winner of Lord Stanley’s Cup.

9 out of 10 automobiles in the world are Fords and Dalton Lee Motor Company in Smithfield is selling a new Ford Model T for $400 and gasoline in Smithfield is 20¢ a gallon.

Originally submitted in 2009 by Carter Rabil.