Helen Atwood (1924 - 1969)

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David Lee Atwood's family

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Warren Eastman Robinson

Warren Eastman Robinson

Warren Eastman Robinson

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Lewis J Atwood

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Lewis J Atwood

Lewis J Atwood

Lewis J Atwood

Lewis J Atwood

Lydia Atwood

Lydia Atwood

Old Group Photo - 1936-37

Old Group Photo - 1936-37

Bower Girls and their children

Bower Girls and their children

James Harrison Pitzer Family 1916

James Harrison Pitzer Family 1916

John Riley Pitzer family about 1935

John Riley Pitzer family about 1935

Laurinda Maria Atwood Robinson

Laurinda Maria Atwood Robinson

Ron & daughter & grandson

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William, Icel, Bertha, & William Q. Atwood, Iowa David Lee Atwood's family Warren Eastman Robinson Warren Eastman Robinson

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1924 - In the year that Helen Atwood was born, J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

1933 - By the time she was just 9 years old, the day after being inaugurated, the new President, Franklin Roosevelt, declared a four-day bank holiday to stop people from withdrawing their money from shaky banks (the bank run). Within 5 days of his administration, the Emergency Banking Act was passed - reorganizing banks and closing insolvent ones. In his first 100 days, he asked Congress to repeal Prohibition (which they did), signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act, signed legislation that paid commodity farmers to leave their fields fallow, thus ending surpluses and boosting prices, signed a bill that gave workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively for higher wages and better working conditions as well as suspending some antitrust laws and establishing a federally funded Public Works Administration, and won passage of 12 other major laws that helped the economy.

1934 - By the time she was merely 10 years old, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

1937 - Helen was just 13 years old when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

1969 - In the year of Helen Atwood's passing, in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

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Helen Atwood died in April 1969 at age 44. No cause of death has been listed for Helen. She was born on October 12, 1924. There is no information about Helen's family or relationships.

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