Bessie Hodgen (1897 - 1977)

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Bessie Hodgen
1897 - 1977
updated February 06, 2019
Bessie Hodgen was born on February 15, 1897. She died in September 1977 at age 80. We know that Bessie Hodgen had been residing in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.


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Bessie Hodgen passed away in September 1977 at 80 years old. She was born on February 15, 1897. We are unaware of information about Bessie's family. We know that Bessie Hodgen had been residing in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.
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In 1897, in the year that Bessie Hodgen was born, on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1903, when she was merely 6 years old, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

In 1923, Bessie was 26 years old when on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

In 1934, at the age of 37 years old, Bessie was alive when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1977, in the year of Bessie Hodgen's passing, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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Apr 4, 1974 - Nov 4, 2002
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Apr 15, 1924 - Nov 13, 1990
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J Hodgen
Sep 4, 1902 - June 1968
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Nov 14, 1903 - May 1981
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Jun 23, 1911 - Jan 22, 1991
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Aug 8, 1906 - February 1992
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Mar 24, 1950 - July 1988
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Jan 13, 1925 - Nov 20, 2006
Covington, KY
Janie Hodgen
Aug 10, 1908 - March 1982
Indianapolis, Indiana
Juanita Hodgen
Feb 23, 1920 - Jun 24, 1988
Campbellsville, KY
Jessie A Hodgen
Mar 3, 1906 - Feb 5, 2003
Frankfort, KY
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Jul 27, 1876 - February 1974
Champaign, Illinois
Walter Hodgen
Nov 2, 1890 - May 1970
Central Islip, New York
James R Hodgen
Aug 27, 1939 - Feb 5, 2005
Bay Minette, AL
Julius H Hodgen
Nov 22, 1914 - May 23, 2001
Molino, FL
Mable A Hodgen
Feb 11, 1918 - May 24, 2000
Molino, FL
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Jul 11, 1904 - July 1976
Mount Airy, North Carolina

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