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Theresa E Leonard (1898 - 1989)

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Theresa E Leonard
1898 - 1989
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September 11, 1898
Death
March 18, 1989
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Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa 52537
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Theresa E Leonard was born on September 11, 1898. She died on March 18, 1989 at 90 years of age. We know that Theresa E Leonard had been residing in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa 52537.
Updated: November 8, 2011
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Theresa E Leonard passed away on March 18, 1989 at age 90. She was born on September 11, 1898. There is no information about Theresa's immediate family. We know that Theresa E Leonard had been residing in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa 52537.
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In 1898, in the year that Theresa E Leonard was born, on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1915, by the time she was 17 years old, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

In 1927, when she was 29 years old, 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1938, at the age of 40 years old, Theresa was alive when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1989, in the year of Theresa E Leonard's passing, on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

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