Ralph Harpster

(1894 - 1984)

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Ralph Harpster
1894 - 1984
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December 22, 1894
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August 1984
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West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33407
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Ralph Harpster was born on December 22, 1894. He died in August 1984 at 89 years old. We know that Ralph Harpster had been residing in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33407.
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Ralph Harpster passed away in August 1984 at age 89. He was born on December 22, 1894. There is no information about Ralph's surviving family. We know that Ralph Harpster had been residing in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida 33407.

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In 1894, in the year that Ralph Harpster was born, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1907, he was only 13 years old when the state of Oklahoma was admitted to the United States on November 16. Previously called "Oklahoma Territory" and "Indian Territory", the two areas were merged and Oklahoma became the 46th state. It is the 28th most populous state.

In 1941, Ralph was 47 years old when on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

In 1968, he was 74 years old when on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

In 1984, in the year of Ralph Harpster's passing, on January 1, "Baby Bells" were created. AT&T had been the provider of telephone service (and equipment) in the United States. The company kept Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T Long Distance. Seven new regional companies (the Baby Bells) covered local telephone service and were separately owned. AT&T lost 70% of its book value due to this move.

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