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Emily Meyer (1909 - 1976)

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Emily Meyer
1909 - 1976
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April 1, 1909
Death
March 1976
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Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19125
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Emily Meyer was born on April 1, 1909. She died in March 1976 at 66 years old. We know that Emily Meyer had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19125.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Emily Meyer died in March 1976 at age 66. She was born on April 1, 1909. We are unaware of information about Emily's surviving family. We know that Emily Meyer had been residing in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19125.
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In 1909, in the year that Emily Meyer was born, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1918, at the age of only 9 years old, Emily was alive when on November 11th, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany, ending the fighting on the Western Front in World War I. This meant a complete defeat of Germany although Germany never formally surrendered. It took another six months of negotiations to sign an actual peace treaty between the warring parties.

In 1934, Emily was 25 years old when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1957, at the age of 48 years old, Emily was alive 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.

In 1976, in the year of Emily Meyer's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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