Our History

What was it like 100 years ago?

On June 29, 1908, 19 electricians aged 19 to 31 petitioned the I. B. E. W. Head Office in Springfield, Illinois for a charter to cover Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The charter application was signed by the Local's first President, Howard J. Smith and Secretary William Francis Spruin. On July 24, 1908 the charter was approved by I. B. E. W. Grand Secretary, Peter W. Collins.

That same year...

  • January 11 - Grand Canyon National Monument is created.January 12 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • February 12 – The first around-the-world car race, the 1908 New York to Paris Race, begins.
  • August 8 – Wilbur Wright flies in France for the first time demonstrating true controlled powered flight in Europe.
  • August 17 – Émile Cohl makes the first fully animated film, Fantasmagorie.
  • September 27 – Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile ($825.00) at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
  • The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour. The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

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