Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin (1897 - 1928)

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Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin
1897 - 1928
July 1897
Afognak, Alaska United States 99615
September 16, 1928
Seattle, Washington United States
Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin was born in July 1897 in Afognak, Alaska United States. Her maiden name is Forsman and she married into the Benthin family. She is the child of Julius Forsman and Mariia Forsman, with siblings Julia, Irene, David, and Bettina. She died on September 16, 1928 in Seattle, Washington United States at age 31.
Updated: October 23, 2020
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Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin died on September 16, 1928 in Seattle, Washington United States at 31 years old. She was born in July 1897 in Afognak, Alaska United States. She is the child of Julius Forsman and Mariia Forsman, with siblings Julia, Irene, David, and Bettina.

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In 1897, in the year that Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin 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 1901, at the age of merely 4 years old, Christina was alive when John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan created U.S. Steel. J.P. Morgan was an American banker and financier who dominated U.S. business at this time. He had previously overseen the creation of General Electric, as well as International Harvester and AT&T. He has been referred to as America's greatest banker. U.S. Steel was the first billion dollar company in the world, worth $1.4 billion in 1901.

In 1910, at the age of just 13 years old, Christina was alive when the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1913, she was 16 years old when the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1928, in the year of Christina Georgia (Forsman) Benthin's passing, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

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