Katie Irene Rohan (1879 - 1944)

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Katie Irene Rohan
1879 - 1944
November 12, 1879
St. Louis, Missouri United States
April 9, 1944
St. Louis, Missouri United States
Katie Irene Rohan was born on November 12, 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri United States. According to her family tree, she married George C E Goddard in 1907. She died on April 9, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri United States at 64 years of age.
Updated: March 11, 2018
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[external link] Goddard, Katie I. (nee Rohan) - 4146 West Lee av., entered into rest Sun, April 9, 1944, 3 p.m., beloved wife of the late George C.E. Goddard, dear mother of Syl. J. Goddard and the late Francis Goddard, dear mother-in-law, grandmother sister-in-law and aunt. Funeral Wed., April 12, 8:30 a.m., from Math Hermann and Son's Chapel, Fair and West Florissant, to Holy Rosary Church. Interment National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Mrs. Goddard was past president American Ladies Auxillary No. 2, United Spanish War Veterans.

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In 1879, in the year that Katie Irene Rohan was born, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1887, Katie was merely 8 years old when on May 9th, Buffalo Bill's Wild West show opened in London. Founded in 1883, the show was attended - twice - by Queen Victoria and adored by audiences who thrilled to his fanciful acts portraying life in the "Wild West."

In 1929, she was 50 years old when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1938, she was 59 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

In 1944, in the year of Katie Irene Rohan's passing, 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.

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