John Frederick Hearn (1849 - 1905)

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John Hearn
1849 - 1905
June 26, 1849
October 5, 1905
Ballarat Hospital in Ballarat, VIC Australia
John Frederick Hearn was born on June 26, 1849. He is the child of Eli Hearn and Lucy (Stratfull) Hearn, with siblings Samuel, Robert, Mary, Martha, Catherine, Eli, George, Sarah, Lucy, and Frederick. According to his family tree, John was father to 3 children. He married Charlotte Elizabeth Hearn ( Richards, and they had children Edward Christopher Hearn, Herbert William Hearn, and John Frederick Hearn Jnr. He died on October 5, 1905 at Ballarat Hospital, Ballarat, VIC Australia at 56 years old.
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The Ballarat Star, 10th October 1905. THE DEATH OF JOHN HEARN. CORONER'S INQUEST. DEATH DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES. At the hospital yesterday, Mr. Jas. McKay, J.P. acting as deputy coroner, held the adjourned inquest, before a jury of seven, on the remains of John Hearn, who died at the institution on the 5th inst. Deceased was employed as braceman at the Jubilee mine, Scarsdale, when he sustained a fall on the 27th September last, ..........
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The Ballarat Star. 5th October 1905. HEARN.- On the 5th October, at Ballarat Hospital, John Hearn, eldest son of Mrs. Eli Hearn, Rokewood Junction; aged 56 years.

1849 - 1905 World Events

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In 1849, in the year that John Frederick Hearn was born, on January 23rd, British-born Elizabeth Blackwell became a doctor in the U.S. She earned a medical degree at the Geneva Medical College in New York. Blackwell was the first female doctor with a degree in the U.S.

In 1866, at the age of 17 years old, John was alive when Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in Germany. During his lifetime he held 355 patents, of which dynamite was the most famous. He also established the Nobel Prizes in his will.

In 1888, he was 39 years old when on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1897, at the age of 48 years old, John was alive when on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1905, in the year of John Frederick Hearn's passing, acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan established the first school of modern dance in Berlin Germany. Isadora Duncan, born in San Francisco California, dedicated herself to the creation of beauty - through dance. Her focus on the movement of the human body rather than formal kinds of dance helped to give rise to the modern dance movement.

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