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Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan (1881 - 1958)

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Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan
1881 - 1958
Born
c. July 2, 1881
Death
c. December 24, 1958
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Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan was born c. July 2, 1881. Her maiden name is Von Eich and she married into the Bergan family. According to her family tree, Mary was mother to 2 children. Mary's partner was Matthew Bergan, and they had children Harold Francis Bergan and Irene Bergan. She died c. December 24, 1958 at 77 years old.
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She was married 5 times. I only know of one other last name - Whitney. Father was from Germany & was possibly a "younjason" or baron.
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Mother to 2 children, she died c. December 24, 1958 at age 77. Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan was born c. July 2, 1881. According to her family tree, Mary's partner was Matthew Bergan, and they had children Harold Francis Bergan and Irene Bergan.
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1881 - 1958 World Events

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In 1881, in the year that Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan was born, on November 19th, a meteorite landed a few miles southwest of Odessa, Ukraine. According to one report: "About 7 o'clock one morning a bright and serpentine tail of fire was seen passing over the town by the inhabitants of Odessa, and M. Prendel, editor of one of the Odessa papers, surmising that the phenomenon betokened a fall of meteorites, offered a reward to any person who would bring him one. Three days afterward a gentleman of Grossliebental brought him one which had been found by a peasant who was nearly frightened out of his senses at its fall. It fell beside him while at work in his field and buried itself .55 meters (almost 2 ft) into the ground." The recovered piece was about 17.5 lbs.

In 1898, by the time she was 17 years old, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1909, at the age of 28 years old, Mary was alive when Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1931, Mary was 50 years old when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1958, in the year of Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan's passing, on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

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