Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons (1904 - 1997)

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Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons
1904 - 1997
New Jersey United States
New Jersey United States
Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons was born in 1904 in New Jersey. Her maiden name is Dufford and she married into the Nelson Simmons family. She is the child of Elijah Dufford and Etta May (Pettinger) Dufford, with a sibling Dorris. She died in 1997 in New Jersey at age 93.
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Hillside Cemetery 1401 Woodland Ave, in Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey United States 07076
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Mildred married twice -first to Harry D Simmons (had son Harry) then to Jack Nelson Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons passed away in 1997 in New Jersey at age 93. She was born in 1904 in New Jersey. She was born to Elijah Dufford and Etta May (Pettinger) Dufford, with sibling Dorris C. (Dufford) Hargreaves.
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In 1904, in the year that Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons was born, the Russo-Japanese war began. The Russian Empire and the Japanese Empire began fighting over the territories of Manchuria and Korea. Russia wanted a warm water port on the Pacific Ocean while Japan feared growing encroachment from Russia into Asia. So the Japan fleet launched a surprise attack on the Russian Navy and a one year war began. President Roosevelt of the United States brokered peace between the two nations. It was the first time in the modern era that an Asian power showed its dominance over a European power.

In 1920, by the time she was 16 years old, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1940, she was 36 years old when on July 27th, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny debuted in his first film A Wild Hare - voiced by Mel Blanc. He has since appeared in more short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials than any other cartoon character. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "What's up, Doc?"

In 1970, at the age of 66 years old, Mildred was alive when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1997, in the year of Mildred (Dufford) Nelson Simmons 's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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