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Elwin Lampman (1853 - 1937)

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Elwin Lampman
1853 - 1937
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1853
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1937
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Elwin Lampman was born in 1853. He is the child of James Lampman and Purthena (Crawford) Lampman. According to his family tree, he married Mary Luvilla (Nicholson) Lampman in 1877 and they later divorced in 1915. He died in 1937 at 84 years of age.
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Updated: November 23, 2018
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Married: 1877 - 1915
Cause of Separation: Divorce
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Mary Drexler commented on Nov 23, 2018
Married Mary Luvilla Nicholson in 1877. They had two daughters. they divorced in 1915

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Elwin Lampman died in 1937 at age 84. He was born in 1853. He is the child of James Lampman and Purthena (Crawford) Lampman. According to his family tree, he married Mary Luvilla (Nicholson) Lampman in 1877 and they later divorced in 1915.
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1853 - 1937 World Events

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In 1853, in the year that Elwin Lampman was born, on March 4th, Franklin Pierce became the 14th President of the United States. His son had been killed in a train accident that also involved Pierce and his wife on January 6 - the only of 3 sons to survive until then. Due to the resultant depression and his unpopular policies, he was not re-nominated for President and served only one term.

In 1897, Elwin was 44 years old when in the January 22nd issue of "Engineering", the word "computer" was first used to refer to a mechanical calculation device. Previously - since the 17th century - the term computer meant "one who computes" and referred to human beings who worked with numbers.

In 1910, when he was 57 years old, Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1924, when he was 71 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1937, in the year of Elwin Lampman's passing, on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

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