Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth (1885 - 1950)

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Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth
1885 - 1950
Parkville, Australia
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Parkville, Australia
Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth was born in 1885. She is the child of White John Scharffenorth and Sussannah Pearce Scharffenorth. She died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at age 65.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth died in 1950 in Parkville, Australia at age 65. She was born in 1885. She is the child of White John Scharffenorth and Sussannah Pearce Scharffenorth.

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In 1885, in the year that Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth was born, Germany's Karl Benz built the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which had an internal combustion engine. It is considered to be the world's first automobile. The Benz cost $150 - just under $4,000 in today's money.

In 1903, Elizabeth was 18 years old when the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in June after Henry Ford left another car company he founded in 1901 (which became the Cadillac Motor Company). He began Ford Motor Company with $28,000 in cash from twelve investors, two of whom (the Dodge brothers) later began their own car company. Henry Ford improved on assembly line techniques and has been so successful that his family still controls a very popular Ford line of cars and trucks.

In 1916, when she was 31 years old, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

In 1943, when she was 58 years old, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

In 1950, in the year of Elizabeth Kezie Scharffenorth's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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