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Madolyn Smith (1908 - 1987)

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Madolyn Smith
1908 - 1987
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May 19, 1908
Death
September 1987
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Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501
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Madolyn Smith was born on May 19, 1908. Madolyn died in September 1987 at 79 years old. We know that Madolyn Smith had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Madolyn Smith died in September 1987 at 79 years old. Madolyn was born on May 19, 1908. We have no information about Madolyn's family or relationships. We know that Madolyn Smith had been residing in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa 52501.
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In 1908, in the year that Madolyn Smith was born, Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1946, by the time this person was 38 years old, pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

In 1969, this person was 61 years old when on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

In 1976, at the age of 68 years old, Madolyn was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1987, in the year of Madolyn Smith's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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