Bridging the gap

Ryan Barton, 1910-1930 the outcast of poker flat

Advancements of the Time-Advancements- disposable razors, sliced bread, Ford's model T, and escalators.

Political situations- child labor restrictions, women's right to vote, and prohibition of alcohol.

Pop culture- ragtime music, ballroom dancing, and Broadway musicals were very popular in the culture of 1910-1930.


"So with small food and much of Homer and the accordion, a week passed over the heads of the outcasts."

"...he was conscious of a change in its moral atmosphere since the preceding night."

"As the escort disappeared, their pent-up feelings found vent in a few hysterical tears from the Duchess, some bad language from Mother Shipton, and a Parthian volley of expletives from Uncle Billy."

Brandon 1910-1930 Soldiers Home


The titanic was created, the biggest ship ever made

World war 1 made us improve our weaponry and the way we look at warfare.


The country was at its strongest

Economy booming

U.S. helps end the war

Pop culture:

Music and dance 1912 - Tango invented - "Tangomania" led to shorter skirts, lipstick, etc. - banned in some American cities as too risque!

1907 - Boy Scouts founded in London and subsequently brought to the United States and other countries - leadership and survival skills taught, public service

1910 - US President Taft threw out the ceremonial First Pitch to start a new tradition- first US President to do this

1913 - Crossword puzzles invented

1914 - Jack La Lanne born - major pioneer in fitness, health food, work out equipment, exercise programs, juicers, etc.

1918 - entire World Series of Baseball played in month of September due to WWI "Work or Fight" order; only World Series to be played entirely in September

1919 - Team (Decatur Staleys) created which would eventually become the Chicago Bears

1919 - Chicago White Sox threw the World Series, deliberately losing for pay - first Commissioner of Baseball was appointed in the aftermath, and several of these players ended up banned for life from the game


At first Krebs...did not want to talk about the war at all. Later he felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it".

Krebs thinks about going out with some of the girls he used to know, and remembers girls he knew overseas, but finds,

"...the young girls had grown up...they lived in such a complicated world of already defined alliances...that (he) did not feel the energy or the courage to break into it".

"He wanted to live along without consequences".

"...the world they were in was not the world he was in".

"You did not need a girl unless you thought about them. He learned that in the Army".

Isaiah Elder 1850-1890 The book An Occurrence at Owl Creek

Technology: The Hall Braille typewriter (also called a Braillewriter or Brailler) was invented in 1892 by Frank Haven Hall.

John Pemberton (1830-1888) invented Coca-Cola on May 8th, 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The first dishwasher was patented in 1850 by Joel Houghton

Pop culture:

Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1884.

Poet Emily Dickinson dies in Amherst, MA, on May 15, 1886.

Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876.


On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth during the play Our American Cousin. Lincoln died the following morning at 7:22.

The Republican Party is founded in Ripon, WI, on February 28, 1854.

The September 18, 1850, Fugitive Slave Act provides for the return of slaves brought to free states.

Colorado becomes the 38th state on August 1, 1876.


1. "The preparations being complete, the two private soldiers stepped aside and each drew away the plank upon which he had been standing."

2. "These movements left the condemned man and the sergeant standing on the two ends of the same plank, which spanned three of the cross-ties of the bridge."

3. "Peyton Farquhar was a well-to-do planter, of an old and highly respected Alabama family."