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Old 10-13-2017, 12:55 PM
 
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If you lived back then, would you have been dead already? More than once? The older I get, the more I think about this, and the higher the number gets!


I can think of 5 or 6 "deadly" incidents, off-hand.


Probably why "retirement" was not an issue, back then.
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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oh, my.
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Several mishaps as a child would have seriously hurt me. Death? I don't know, but it would have been a problem.
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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The average age of the Founding fathers at death was little different than the average age of when the last 5-6 Presidents died. Something to think about.....and you can't say it was because they were wealthy and had excellent medical care by living next door to a world class medical center, LOL!

https://www.populationeducation.org/...ife-expectancy

"Sometimes, when we tell kids “the life expectancy was 48 in 1900,” they think that means that at age 48, people were old and decrepit instead of understanding that 48 was an average, and the high child mortality brought that average way down. Consider the example of our Founding Fathers. When they were born in the 18th century, life expectancy was below 40. Yet the average lifespan of the 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence was 66 years, and a quarter of them (including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin) lived to 80 or older."

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Old 10-13-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I can think of one instance, giving birth to my daughter, I very nearly died from blood loss. Surely would have back then.
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:57 PM
 
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I can think of one instance, giving birth to my daughter, I very nearly died from blood loss. Surely would have back then.
Exactly. Childbirth was a gamble back then and people knew that. Many women died and many babies died as well. That along with childhood accidents and diseases brought the average life expectancy way down. It no way means you were old at age 40 and people didn't live to ripe old ages even by today's standards.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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If you lived back then, would you have been dead already? More than once? The older I get, the more I think about this, and the higher the number gets!


I can think of 5 or 6 "deadly" incidents, off-hand.


Probably why "retirement" was not an issue, back then.


Are you asking about being saved by medical intervention? I'd say none for me but I don't discount the value of antibiotics.


If you're talking about something else, give us an example please.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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If you lived back then, would you have been dead already? More than once? The older I get, the more I think about this, and the higher the number gets!


I can think of 5 or 6 "deadly" incidents, off-hand.


Probably why "retirement" was not an issue, back then.
... Like Y'all, I probably would've been dead 4 or 5 times, too.
  • Whacking my head on a rock, falling from my brand-new, "English Racer" bike ...
  • Trying to help a neighbor friend who couldn't swim, but kept me underwater while trying to stay on the surface ...
  • Being the "Night Driver" for a traveling band and being caught in a hurricane while on the road ...
  • Being the "Night Driver" for a traveling band and seeing head lights coming directly at us, on our side of the road ...
  • Almost crushed in a horse stall by an anxious, hungry gelding ...

Yeah, I guess those could've turned "deadly" ... ... Never gave them much thought - until today!

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Old 10-13-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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... Like Y'all, I probably would've been dead 4 or 5 times, too.
  • Whacking my head on a rock, falling from my brand-new, "English Racer" bike ...
  • Trying to help a neighbor friend who couldn't swim, but kept me underwater while trying to stay on the surface ...
  • Being the "Night Driver" for a traveling band and being caught in a hurricane while on the road ...
  • Being the "Night Driver" for a traveling band and seeing head lights coming directly at us, on our side of the road ...
  • Almost crushed in a horse stall by an anxious, hungry gelding ...
Yeah, I guess those could've turned "deadly" ... ... Never gave them much thought - until today!



Tom dear. You might ought to have that head injury checked out


on the other hand, I've already admitted that I don't understand the question.
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:01 PM
 
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I'm not sure when eyeglasses were readily available, but I would have died at a young age without them because my vision is so bad. I would have fallen into a hole, stepped on a snake, or been run over by a carriage.
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