Esther Reilly (1892 - 1987)

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Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington

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1892 - In the year that Esther Reilly was born, on October 5th, the Dalton Gang was shot. The Gang was attempting to rob two banks - simultaneously - in Coffeyville Kansas but word spread of the robberies and townspeople with guns greeted them when they left the banks. Four members of the gang were killed - only Emmett Dalton survived his wounds and spent 14 years in prison.

1896 - Esther was merely 4 years old when on January 4th, Utah became the 45th state in the United States. After the LDS Church banned polygamy in 1890, Utah's application for statehood became acceptable to Congress and the Utah Territory became Utah..

1938 - She was 46 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

1949 - By the time she was 57 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

1987 - In the year of Esther Reilly's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Esther Reilly died in August 1987 at age 95. No cause of death has been entered for Esther. She was born on March 28, 1892. We have no information about Esther's immediate family. We know that Esther Reilly had been residing in Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

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