Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro (1882 - 1962)

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Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro
1882 - 1962
March 29, 1882
March 15, 1962
Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro was born on March 29, 1882. According to her family tree, Myrtle was mother to 6 children. Myrtle's partner was Thomas Jefferson Renfro, and they had children Melvin Thomas Renfro, Guy Renfro, Eugene Renfro, Mildred Gwendolyn Renfro, Glenn Renfro, and Winnie Lee Renfro. She died on March 15, 1962 at 79 years of age.
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Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro, mother to 6 children, died on March 15, 1962 at age 79. She was born on March 29, 1882. According to her family tree, Myrtle's partner was Thomas Jefferson Renfro, and they had children Melvin Thomas Renfro, Guy Renfro, Eugene Renfro, Mildred Gwendolyn Renfro, Glenn Renfro, and Winnie Lee Renfro.

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In 1882, in the year that Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro was born, on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1896, by the time she was just 14 years old, on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

In 1903, she was 21 years old when the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1930, Myrtle was 48 years old when as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

In 1962, in the year of Myrtle Elizabeth Renfro's passing, on August 5th, actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died in Brentwood California. She was ruled to have died from suicide due to a drug overdose. There has been controversy regarding the circumstances ever since, due to her relationships with Jack and Bobby Kennedy.

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