Joseph Mascharka (1902 - 1970)

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Joseph Mascharka
1902 - 1970
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April 10, 1902
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February 1970
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16506
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Joseph Mascharka was born on April 10, 1902. He died in February 1970 at 67 years of age. We know that Joseph Mascharka had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16506.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Joseph Mascharka died in February 1970 at 67 years old. He was born on April 10, 1902. We have no information about Joseph's surviving family. We know that Joseph Mascharka had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16506.

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In 1902, in the year that Joseph Mascharka was born, the Aswan Low Dam (the old Aswan Dam) began construction in Egypt in 1899 and was completed in 1902 - making it the largest masonry dam in the world at the time. The dam was built on the Nile River in order to conserve water and regulate flooding, allowing for population increase along the Nile.

In 1912, Joseph was just 10 years old when New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1944, Joseph was 42 years old when on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

In 1956, by the time he was 54 years old, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

In 1970, in the year of Joseph Mascharka's passing, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

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