James Bechtel (1911 - 1987)

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James Bechtel
1911 - 1987
updated February 06, 2019
James Bechtel was born on December 4, 1911. He died in July 1987 at age 75. We know that James Bechtel had been residing in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 18017.


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James Bechtel passed away in July 1987 at 75 years of age. He was born on December 4, 1911. There is no information about James's surviving family. We know that James Bechtel had been residing in Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania 18017.
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In 1911, in the year that James Bechtel 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 1930, at the age of 19 years old, James was alive when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1956, when he was 45 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

In 1966, by the time he was 55 years old, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

In 1987, in the year of James Bechtel's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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Sandra L Bechtel
May 3, 1953 - Jul 10, 2002
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Edna Bechtel
Jun 10, 1896 - March 1980
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Ralph Bechtel
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