Martha Alice Quirk

(1872 - 1959)

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Martha Alice Quirk
1872 - 1959
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1872
Death
1959
Park, Australia
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Park, Australia
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Martha Alice Quirk was born in 1872. She was born to Edwards Samuel Quirk and Mary Hughes Quirk. She died in 1959 in Park, Australia at age 87.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Martha Alice Quirk passed away in 1959 in Park, Australia at 87 years old. She was born in 1872. She was born to Edwards Samuel Quirk and Mary Hughes Quirk.

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In 1872, in the year that Martha Alice Quirk was born, on May 10th, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States. She was too young to qualify for President - a year under the minimum age, 35 - and women couldn't vote but she was nominated by the Equal Rights Party, which supported equal rights and suffrage for women. She didn't appear on the official ballot.

In 1911, Martha was 39 years old when the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

In 1929, at the age of 57 years old, Martha was alive 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, when she was 66 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1959, in the year of Martha Alice Quirk's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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