Claude Presnell (1907 - 1978)

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College Place, Walla Walla County, Washington

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1907 - In the year that Claude Presnell was born, the second Hague peace conference was called by Russia in the Netherlands. While nothing was settled regarding the matter of peace among nations, many resolutions were passed (and accepted by many nations) about the conventions of war - especially the protection of noncombatants.

1945 - At the age of 38 years old, Claude was alive when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

1957 - Claude was 50 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

1961 - He was 54 years old when on May 5th, Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., made the first manned Project Mercury flight, MR-3, in a spacecraft he named Freedom 7. He was the second man to go into space, the first was Yuri Gagarin - a Soviet cosmonaut.

1978 - In the year of Claude Presnell's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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Claude Presnell died in April 1978 at 70 years of age. There is no listed cause of death for Claude. He was born on May 10, 1907. We are unaware of information about Claude's family. We know that Claude Presnell had been residing in College Place, Walla Walla County, Washington.

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