Hazel Ruth Paczoch (1911 - 1971)

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Hazel Ruth (Paczoch (Dawson)) Van Winkle
1911 - 1971
July 8, 1911
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
April 21, 1971
Richmond, Contra Costa County, California, United States
Hazel Ruth Paczoch was born on July 8, 1911 in San Francisco, California, United States. Her maiden name is Paczoch (Dawson) and she married into the Van Winkle family. She is the child of Mabel Edith (Cole) Paczoch Dawson and Albert Wilhelm Paczoch. She died on April 21, 1971 in Richmond, California, United States at age 59.
Updated: February 4, 2020
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Hazel Ruth Paczoch died on April 21, 1971 in Richmond, California, United States at 59 years of age. She was born on July 8, 1911 in San Francisco, California, United States. She is the child of Mabel Edith (Cole) Paczoch Dawson and Albert Wilhelm Paczoch.

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In 1911, in the year that Hazel Ruth Paczoch was born, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1924, at the age of merely 13 years old, Hazel was alive when 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 1933, at the age of 22 years old, Hazel was alive when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1943, when she was 32 years old, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1971, in the year of Hazel Ruth Paczoch 's passing, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

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