Creepy Things That Were Considered Normal 100 Years Ago. Medicine, law, war, and business were all very different 100 years ago, but not always for the better and frequently for the downright creepy, like arranged marriages for child brides. And that’s just the start. Here are some creepy things that were considered normal 100 years ago. For most of history, a newborn baby was generally viewed as one part of the future laborer, and one part old-age insurance policy. Children were expected to work from a very young age, helping around the farm, house, or business. By the turn of the 20th century, as the economy evolved and urbanization continued, children were employed in a great variety of industries and trades. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics keeps track of these things. They say that, in addition to the traditional farming and agricultural field labor that they’d always done, 100 years ago, rural youth could also be employed in resource extraction. That means things like mining, and breaking up and hauling coal. In coastal towns, you could find children fishing, shoring, shucking oysters, or canning. In cities and towns of all sizes, children were employed by mills and factories, making everything from glass products to textiles to kitchenware to cigars. The big cities had legions of children buzzing around as couriers, drivers, cleaners, newsies, and much more. Child labor was integral to just about every level of the U.S. economy, but the children themselves usually didn’t even get to enjoy their wages. Generally speaking, society saw kids as an extra money-earning appendage of their parents. Keep watching to see Creepy Things That Were Considered Normal 100 Years Ago.