Helen Watters (1913 - 1999)

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Helen Watters
1913 - 1999
Born
November 19, 1913
Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States
Death
September 2, 1999
Valley Convalescent & Rehab 919 Freedom Blvd, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States 95076
Other Names
Helen Watters Bergman, Helen Marie Watters
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Helen Watters was born on November 19, 1913 in Watsonville, California. She died on September 2, 1999 at Valley Convalescent & Rehab, Watsonville, California at age 85.
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In the 1930 census, Helen was living with her parents in Watsonville and attending school. The census says her mother was born in CA and her father was born in Iowa. Also in the household were brothers Richard and Peter and maid, Florence Yorman. Her father was an MD in private practice.

According to the 1940 census, Helen M Watters was 26 and single, living with her parents Henry G Watters, 55, and Bertha C (Brassel) Watters, 54. Also in the household were Peter K Watters, her brother, and Raymond C Camcam, 30, servant. Helen was working as a stenographer and had graduated college. Peter was a "Coca Cola dispenser" and father Henry was still an MD in private practice.

According to her September 7 1999 obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz CA, Helen was a native of Watsonville CA. It goes on to say that "She was a member of the pioneer Watters family and graduated in 1936 from Stanford University where she played on the women's basketball team.

She and her husband operated a Mobil Gas Station in Watsonville in the 1950s. She later worked in the office at Smuckers in Watsonville for many years.

Her grandfather, Dr. PK Watters, and her father, Dr. HG Watters, both founded Watsonville Community Hospital."

Helen married Helmer Bergman, who preceded her in death. They had no children and she was survived by 3 nieces and a nephew.
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Helen Watters
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Helen Watters was born on in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States
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Helen Watters died on at Valley Convalescent & Rehab 919 Freedom Blvd, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States 95076
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Helen Watters was born on in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States
Helen Watters died on at Valley Convalescent & Rehab 919 Freedom Blvd, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California United States 95076
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Born in Watsonville CA and lived her entire life there. US citizen
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Stanford University, 1936 grad

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Belonged to All Saints Episcopal Church

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Owned gas station
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Helen Watters passed away on September 2, 1999 at Valley Convalescent & Rehab, Watsonville, California at 85 years old. She was born on November 19, 1913 in Watsonville, California. We are unaware of information about Helen's surviving family.

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In 1913, in the year that Helen Watters was born, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1926, when she was merely 13 years old, on November 15th, NBC was founded. It was the U.S.'s first major broadcast network. Ownership of the network was split between RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%), and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

In 1938, Helen was 25 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.

In 1949, she was 36 years old when on January 25th, the first Emmy Awards (for television) were handed out in Los Angeles. Shirley Dinsdale won for the Most Outstanding Television Personality and Pantomime Quiz Time earned an Emmy for the Most Popular Television Program.

In 1965, Helen was 52 years old when on March 8th, the first US combat troops arrived in Vietnam. The 3500 Marines joined 23,000 "advisors" already in South Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers were in the country.

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