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Rachel L West (1905 - 2000)

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Rachel L West
1905 - 2000
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July 1, 1905
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December 29, 2000
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Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01069
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Rachel L West was born on July 1, 1905. She died on December 29, 2000 at age 95. We know that Rachel L West had been residing in Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01069.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Rachel L West died on December 29, 2000 at age 95. She was born on July 1, 1905. We have no information about Rachel's immediate family. We know that Rachel L West had been residing in Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts 01069.
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In 1905, in the year that Rachel L West was born, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded. An international labor union founded in Chicago, it was most often referred to as the "Wobblies" and had ties to the socialist movement and the anarchist movement. At its peak, it had 150,000 members.

In 1910, when she was merely 5 years old, Angel Island, which is in San Francisco Bay, became the immigration center for Asians entering U.S. It was often referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to restrictive laws against Chinese immigration, many immigrants spent years on the island.

In 1930, by the time she was 25 years old, on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1951, she was 46 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

In 1960, when she was 55 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

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