Rosemary Louise Kopplin (1928 - 1934)

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Rosemary Louise Kopplin
1928 - 1934
April 21, 1928
March 16, 1934
Litchfield, Meeker County, Minnesota United States 55355
Rosemary Louise Kopplin was born on April 21, 1928. She is the child of Edwin Herman Kopplin and Dorothea (Simons) Kopplin, with sibling Edwin. She died on March 16, 1934 in Litchfield, Minnesota United States at age 5.
Updated: January 21, 2022
Rosemary was not expected to live through childbirth. Unfortunately, she passed away from leukemia just weeks before her sixth birthday.
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Rosemary was born in Litchfield, Minnesota and lived there until her death in 1934.


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Rosemary was a miracle baby. Due to complications, the doctor recommended termination of the pregnancy, telling Rosemary's mother that if she brought the baby to term it would most certainly kill her. Rosemary's mother vehemently opposed termination of the pregnancy and was confined to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. While her mother lay in bed, she thought about how she wouldn't be there to guide her children as they grew up. It was during this time that Rosemary's mother came up with the idea of taking her favorite sayings she'd collected since she was a child and add her thoughts to them. Years later, it became a best selling book many times over. On April 28, 1928, by a miracle or because of being confined to bed rest or a combination of both, Rosemary was born and her mother survived childbirth. Rosemary spent time in the family's gardens and helped her mother and brother sell the produce in their front yard to passersby. Sadly, Rosemary was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away just weeks before her sixth birthday. She was laid to rest in the Litchfield Cemetery across the street from beautiful Lake Ripley where her parents owned a log cottage on the south side. Thirty seven years later, her father would be buried next to her.

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Rosemary Louise Kopplin died on March 16, 1934 in Litchfield, Minnesota United States at 5 years old. She was buried in Litchfield Cemetery, Litchfield, Minnesota United States. Rosemary was born on April 21, 1928. She is the child of Edwin Herman Kopplin and Dorothea (Simons) Kopplin, with sibling Edwin.

1928 - 1934 World Events

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In 1928, in the year that Rosemary Louise Kopplin was born, Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1930, she was only 2 years old when 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 1931, at the age of only 3 years old, Rosemary was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1934, in the year of Rosemary Louise Kopplin's passing, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1935, at the age of just 7 years old, Rosemary was alive when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

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