Serafin Michalak (1896 - 1976)

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Serafin Michalak
1896 - 1976
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October 14, 1896
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September 1976
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504
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Serafin Michalak was born on October 14, 1896. Serafin died in September 1976 at 79 years of age. We know that Serafin Michalak had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Serafin Michalak died in September 1976 at 79 years old. Serafin was born on October 14, 1896. We are unaware of information about Serafin's immediate family. We know that Serafin Michalak had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16504.

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In 1896, in the year that Serafin Michalak was born, on January 4th, Utah became the 45th state in the United States. After the LDS Church banned polygamy in 1890, Utah's application for statehood became acceptable to Congress and the Utah Territory became Utah..

In 1908, Serafin was just 12 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.

In 1921, Serafin was 25 years old when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1932, at the age of 36 years old, Serafin was alive when five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1976, in the year of Serafin Michalak's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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