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Josephine Dolonza (1894 - 1968)

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Josephine Dolonza
1894 - 1968
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July 5, 1894
Death
April 1968
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Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401
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Josephine Dolonza was born on July 5, 1894. She died in April 1968 at 73 years old. We know that Josephine Dolonza had been residing in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401.
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Josephine Dolonza died in April 1968 at age 73. She was born on July 5, 1894. We have no information about Josephine's family or relationships. We know that Josephine Dolonza had been residing in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 19401.
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In 1894, in the year that Josephine Dolonza was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1904, when she was merely 10 years old, the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1918, Josephine was 24 years old when federal spending was $12.68 billion, unemployment was 1.4% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 3 cents.

In 1947, at the age of 53 years old, Josephine was alive when in June, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover economically from World War II. It passed the conservative Republican Congress in March of 1948. After World War I, the economic devastation of Germany caused by burdensome reparations payments led to the rise of Hitler. The Allies didn't want this to happen again and the Marshall Plan was devised to make sure that those conditions didn't arise again.

In 1968, in the year of Josephine Dolonza's passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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