Alva Mae Ahrens (1899 - 1950)

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Alva Mae (Bender) Ahrens
1899 - 1950
May 21, 1899
Clarion County, Pennsylvania United States
February 27, 1950
Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania United States 16301
Alva Mae Ahrens was born on May 21, 1899 in Pennsylvania United States. Her maiden name is Bender and she married into the Ahrens family. She died on February 27, 1950 in Oil City, Pennsylvania United States at 50 years of age.
Updated: June 23, 2022
Alva Mae Ahrens was born to Albert C. and Mary Long Bender, and had siblings Leo Bender and Mrs. Arthur Muldoon, and Mrs. Clement Hale. She married Christy W. Ahrens on December 3rd 1920 in Oil City and had two sons Robert L. and Pvt. Donald P. Ahrens. According to the 1930s census she was 30 and Christie was 31 living at 63 Siverly Avenue in Oil City with her sons Robert (age 7) and Donald (age 2) and sister-in-law Pearl V Bender (age 18). Ten years later, according to the 1940s census, the family lived at 766 Colbert Avenue with their sons then aged 17 and 12. Alva was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Oil City Pennsylvania. She passed away at her home on February 27th 1950 also in Oil City.
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Alva Mae Ahrens passed away on February 27, 1950 in Oil City, Pennsylvania United States at age 50. she was buried in Star Cemetery, Knox, Pennsylvania United States. She was born on May 21, 1899 in Pennsylvania United States. We have no information about Alva's family.

1899 - 1950 World Events

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In 1899, in the year that Alva Mae Ahrens was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1901, by the time she was only 2 years old, shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1916, when she was 17 years old, visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1936, Alva was 37 years old when on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1950, in the year of Alva Mae Ahrens's passing, on October 2, Charlie Brown appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip - created by Charles Schultz - and he was the only character in that strip. That year, Schultz said that Charlie was 4 years old, but Charlie aged a bit through the years.

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