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Bertha Nisbet (1894 - 1985)

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Bertha Nisbet
1894 - 1985
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November 9, 1894
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December 1985
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Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine 04107
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Bertha Nisbet was born on November 9, 1894. She died in December 1985 at 91 years of age. We know that Bertha Nisbet had been residing in Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine 04107.
Updated: October 1, 2011
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Bertha Nisbet died in December 1985 at 91 years old. She was born on November 9, 1894. There is no information about Bertha's surviving family. We know that Bertha Nisbet had been residing in Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine 04107.
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In 1894, in the year that Bertha Nisbet was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1907, when she was just 13 years old, in October, over a 3 week period, the New York stock exchange fell almost 50% from the previous year's high mark. Public panic ensued and there were runs on banks since the U.S. was in the middle of a recession. J.P. Morgan offered his own fortune to back the banks and he was followed by other financiers. This temporarily shored up the banking system, stopping the immediate panic. All of this led to the creation of the Federal Reserve.

In 1946, Bertha was 52 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1972, by the time she was 78 years old, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

In 1985, in the year of Bertha Nisbet's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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