Joel H French (1912 - 1987)

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Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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1912 - In the year that Joel H French was born, Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

1915 - Joel was only 3 years old when the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

1931 - Joel was 19 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

1945 - Joel was 33 years old when on May 7th, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. v. United Mine Workers of America. The Court ruled that the underground travel time of coal miners was compensable work time under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

1987 - In the year of Joel H French'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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Joel H French passed away on October 5, 1987 at age 75. No cause of death has been listed for Joel. He was born on July 15, 1912. There is no information about Joel's surviving family. We know that Joel H French had been residing in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

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