Mirtle Wilson (1909 - 1976)

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Mirtle Wilson
1909 - 1976
December 23, 1909
October 1976
Last Known Residence
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California 90064
Mirtle Wilson of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California was born on December 23, 1909, and died at age 66 years old in October 1976.
Updated: November 11, 2011
Biography ID: 85436269

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Mirtle Wilson passed away at age 66 years old in October 1976. Mirtle Wilson of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California was born on December 23, 1909.

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Mirtle Wilson lived 4 years shorter than the average Wilson family member when they died at the age of 66.
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In 1909, in the year that Mirtle Wilson was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1924, when this person was only 15 years old, Macy's department store in New York held its first "Thanksgiving parade" on November 27th at 9a - during church services but leaving plenty of time to attend the big football game between Syracuse and Columbia universities. The parade was held as a way to promote the opening of the “World’s Largest Store” and its 1 million square feet of retail space in Manhattan’s Herald Square. The parade was 6 miles long and included floats, Macy's employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and sword-wielding knights, and animals from Central Park Zoo. Santa Claus, of course, brought up the rear - opening the Christmas shopping season for Macy's.

In 1941, at the age of 32 years old, Mirtle was alive when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1952, by the time this person was 43 years old, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1976, in the year of Mirtle Wilson's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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