Mertie Lena Johnson - Slate (1888 - 1956)



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at Gridleyville Hamlet, Candor Township, Tioga County, New York, USA,


on at Waverly Village, Tioga County, New York, USA,

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Father: Irvine Leroy "Irving" Johnson
Mother: Harriet Emma "Hattie" Gibbons - Johnson
Siblings: Merritt Samuel Johnson, Bertha Elizabeth Johnson - Russell, Estelle Mary Johnson - Schoonover, Minnie Viola Johnson, Myron Barber Johnson, and Marion Leroy Johnson


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1888 - In the year that Mertie Lena Johnson - Slate was born, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

1926 - When this person was 38 years old, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

1942 - At the age of 54 years old, Mertie Lena Johnson was alive when on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

1947 - When this person was 59 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

1956 - In the year of Mertie Lena Johnson - Slate's passing, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

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Mertie Lena Johnson - Slate passed away on July 18, 1956 at Waverly Village, Tioga County, New York, USA at 67 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. Mertie Lena Johnson was born on November 10, 1888 at Gridleyville Hamlet, Candor Township, Tioga County, New York, USA. Mertie Lena Johnson was born to Irvine Leroy "Irving" Johnson and Harriet Emma "Hattie" Gibbons - Johnson, with siblings Merritt, Bertha Elizabeth Johnson, Estelle Mary Johnson, Minnie, Myron, and Marion.

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