Mary Mahala Fitzwater (1866 - 1965)

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Birth


Brown County, Ohio United States

Death


Monroe, Butler County, Ohio United States
Cause of death: Old Age

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at North Monroe Cemetery,
Monroe, Butler County, Ohio United States

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Husband: John Gaven Fogarty
Children with John: Helen M. Fogarty, Mary Elizabeth Fogarty, and Frances Amanda Fogarty

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Mahala

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United States

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Catholic

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1866 - In the year that Mary Mahala Fitzwater was born, on February 13th, the first robbery committed by Jesse James and his gang - a daylight bank robbery - occurred in Liberty, Missouri. Jesse's presence has been disputed but most historians agree that he was there.

1916 - At the age of 50 years old, Mary was alive when visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

1928 - Mary was 62 years old when aviatrix Amelia Earhart, age 31, became the first woman to fly solo across North America and back in August. In June, she had been part of a 3 man crew that flew the Atlantic Ocean but since she had no instrument training, she couldn't fly the plane - she kept the flight log. The North American flight became one of her many "firsts" as a female pilot.

1947 - When she was 81 years old, on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

1965 - In the year of Mary Mahala Fitzwater's passing, from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

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Mary Fogarty-

Mrs. Mary Mahala Fogarty, 98, died at 8:15pm yesterday at her home at 110 old St., Monroe. She had been ill for 10 months.

Mrs. Fogarty was born in Warren County and had been a resident of Monroe for 75 years. She was a member of the Church of the Seven Dolors. Her husband, John, died in 1925.

Surviving are five daughters, Miss Helen Fogarty, at home, Mrs. Mary Thompson and Mrs. Frances Schultheiss of Monroe, Mrs. Myrtle Mayer of Middletown and Mrs. Anna Thompson of Troy; a son, Edward of Excello; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Requiem High Mass will be sung at 9:30am Tuesday at the Church of Seven Dolors, with burial in North Monroe Cemetery, Monroe. Friends may call at the McCoy Leffler Funeral Home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9pm. The Rosary will be recited there Monday at 8pm.

Source: Middletown Journal- Feb 27, 1965; Middletown, Ohio.

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