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Olive Hooper Best (1890 - 1903)

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Olive Hooper Best
1890 - 1903
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1890
Maldon, Australia
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1903
Maldon, Australia
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Maldon, Australia
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Olive Hooper Best was born in 1890 in Maldon, Australia. She is the child of Thomas John Best and Mary Elizabeth (Talour) Best. She died in 1903 in Maldon, Australia at 13 years old.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Olive Hooper Best died in 1903 in Maldon, Australia at 13 years of age. She was born in 1890 in Maldon, Australia. She is the child of Thomas John Best and Mary Elizabeth (Talour) Best.
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In 1890, in the year that Olive Hooper Best was born, on June 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau started tabulating census returns with punch cards. Herman Hollerith's "tabulating machine" used punch cards to more quickly compute census information, taking the time to get census results from 8 years in 1880 to 6 years for the 1890 census. Hollerith's company eventually became IBM.

In 1900, she was only 10 years old when the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 5.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. 31% of all workers were employed in the public service sector, 19% of women were employed (1 percent of all lawyers and 6 percent of physicians were women), 6% of the workforce were children, and 14% of the workforce was "non-white."

In 1902, when she was just 12 years old, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1903, in the year of Olive Hooper Best's passing, the book The Souls of Black Folk, written by W. E. B. Du Bois, was published. Containing several essays on the African-American experience in America, much of the book was based on Du Bois' own life. The book was one of the very early works in the science of sociology.

In 1908, she was 18 years old when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

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