Blanche Elizabeth Barnes (born 1878)

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Blanche Elizabeth Barnes
January 1878
Blanche Elizabeth Barnes was born in January 1878. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Blanche Elizabeth Barnes.
Updated: January 23, 2013
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High school graduation photo. I believe she is the daughter of Nelson and Delight Barnes. An only child. Born Jan 1878 in Massachusetts. The 1910 Worcester census shows her living with her widowed father, working as a public school teacher. In 1920 she and her husband, Herbert Clarence Wilson, were married and living in Worcester. Herbert was a cement contractor. Her father, Nelson, was living with them.

I am not related to them. If you are related to them and want Blanche's and Herbert's photos, let me know.

- Patricia
Date & Place: in Worcester, Massachusetts USA

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In 1878, in the year that Blanche Elizabeth Barnes was born, on September 12th, Cleopatra's Needle, built in Egypt in 1450 B.C. and transported to England, was erected in London. It had arrived in England on January 21st, having been towed by boat.

In 1892, on January 1st, Ellis Island opened to process immigrants. 700 passed through on the first day - in the first year, 450,000 were processed. The processing center was originally a 3 story wooden building - with outbuildings - that burned down a few years later.

In 1916, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

In 1939, in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1971, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.


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