Josiah James Watson (1885 - 1917)

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Josiah James Watson
1885 - 1917
c. 1885
December 10, 1917
Josiah James Watson was born c. 1885. He died on December 10, 1917 at age 32.
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Service number: 522812 Rank: Sapper Regiment: Royal Engineers Unit/ship/squadron: 569th Devon Army Troops Coy.

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Josiah James Watson passed away on December 10, 1917 at 32 years of age. He was buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery C. 17., Egypt. He was born c. 1885. We have no information about Josiah's family or relationships.

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In 1885, in the year that Josiah James Watson was born, Germany's Karl Benz built the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which had an internal combustion engine. It is considered to be the world's first automobile. The Benz cost $150 - just under $4,000 in today's money.

In 1894, at the age of merely 9 years old, Josiah was alive when 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 1897, by the time he was only 12 years old, 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 1901, by the time he was 16 years old, shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1917, in the year of Josiah James Watson's passing, the U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in January. While they are U.S. citizens, Virgin Islanders are ineligible to vote for the President of the United States.

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