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Richard J. Collins (1893 - 1920)

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Richard J. Collins
1893 - 1920
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c. 1893
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October 30, 1920
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Richard J. Collins was born c. 1893. He died on October 30, 1920 at 27 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 623177 Rank: Private Regiment: Canadian Infantry Unit/ship/squadron: 27th Bn.
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Richard J. Collins died on October 30, 1920 at 27 years old. He was buried in Winnipeg (elmwood) Cemetery L.474. S.13. G.8., Canada. He was born c. 1893. We are unaware of information about Richard's immediate family.
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In 1893, in the year that Richard J. Collins was born, on May 5th, a crash on the New York Stock Exchange started a depression that lasted 4 years. It was the beginning of the Panic of 1893.

In 1903, when he was only 10 years old, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was begun by two childhood friends, William Harley and Arthur Davidson - with help from Arthur's brother, Walter. Their first prototype - a "motor-bicycle" - couldn't climb hills without also pedaling, so they went back to the drawing board, and in 1904 their new version came in 4th in a race. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company were the only two major motorcycle companies to survive the Great Depression.

In 1906, at the age of merely 13 years old, Richard was alive when Finland became the first European country to give women the vote and to allow them to run for political office. (Women in Australia and New Zealand already had that right but couldn't run for office.) Although Finland belonged to the Russian Empire, there was great unrest and the Tsar wanted to broker a quick peace. As a part of the brokered peace, women got the vote.

In 1914, he was 21 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1920, in the year of Richard J. Collins's passing, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

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