Agnes Sinniger (1890 - 1973)

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Agnes (Finlay) Sinniger
1890 - 1973
October 3, 1890
March 6, 1973
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Glendale, Los Angeles County, California 91203
Agnes Sinniger was born on October 3, 1890. Her maiden name is Finlay and she married into the Sinniger family. She is the child of Samuel Finlay and Ellen Harper. According to her family tree, she married Herbert Bruce Sinniger, Sr. in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States. She died on March 6, 1973 in Glendale, California, United States at 82 years old.
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My Grandmother "Agnes" Finlay Sinniger was born on 3 October 1890 in Dalmellington, Scotland. She came to the United States in 1900, at the age of about 10 years. Her father was Samuel Finlay and her mother was Ellen/Helen Harper. Grandma had 8 brothers and sisters (John, Robert, William, Helen, Mary Ann, Margaret (Daisy), Elizabeth and Sarah). There may have been one more child or pregnancy that was lost on the way from Scotland to the US, according to what my mother "Helen" told me. The port of entry to the US was Boston. Grandma was a carefree spirit who loved to travel. She was not the kind of person to stay home and house clean. She did not mind "dust bunnies" under the bed. When Grandma was born, it was either a tradition or just unable to give Grandma a middle name. After she was married, she used her maiden name as her middle name and often went by the name Agnes F. Sinniger (F for Finlay). Grandma like to write articles to the local newspaper in Glendale, California -- the Glendale Newspress. They were mostly political articles. She also wrote a book called "The Mad Camerons" about a New England family, supposedly based on her own family but the book is "fictional". Grandma married Herbert Bruce Sinniger (Sr.) and she and Herbert had three children - Helen Caroline, Herbert Bruce (Jr.) and Curtis Dalton Sinniger.
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Grandma was born in Dalmellington, Scotland. She immigrated to the U.S. with her father, mother and younger siblings in 1900. They lived in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eventually, some of the family members moved out West to California.


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Agnes Sinniger died on March 6, 1973 in Glendale, California, United States at 82 years of age. She was born on October 3, 1890. She is the child of Samuel Finlay and Ellen Harper. According to her family tree, she married Herbert Bruce Sinniger, Sr. in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States.

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In 1890, in the year that Agnes Sinniger was born, on July 3rd, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. On July 10th, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1920, by the time she was 30 years old, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1943, Agnes was 53 years old when on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1957, by the time she was 67 years old, on October 4th, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man made earth-orbiting satellite - and triggered the Space Race. Sputnik I was only 23 inches in diameter and had no tracking equipment, only 4 antennas, but it had a big impact.

In 1973, in the year of Agnes Sinniger's passing, in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

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