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Theresa (Smith) Brittain (died 1943)

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Theresa (Smith) Brittain
1943
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February 1943
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Her maiden name is Smith and she married into the Brittain family. According to her family tree, she married John Francis Brittain. Theresa (Smith) Brittain died in February 1943.
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Updated: June 19, 2015
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Earl Harbeson commented on Jun 10, 2015
John Francis Brittain and his wife, Theresa (Smith) moved to Elsie from Somerset NE in 1903 with their six children. They lived first on the place where John Hastings now lives (1 mile south of town), while they built the cement block house that stands west of the Hi-Line Coop. John first operated the creamery that was near the railroad track on main street. This was during the time farmers brought the whole milk in each morning to be separated. This sometimes resulted in daring races, and sometimes fist fights , as the men wanted to hurry home for their farm work. Later he was appointed post master and served the community in this capacity for many years. He was known for the long hours he kept the office open-and for his willingness to come down early, or late, for the convenience of farmers making the long trip to town. He was often there until 9:00 p.m. John was born in Mercer County, MO., Sept. 4 1858. He and Theresa were Married Dec. 22, 1881. They were to enjoy 62 years together before she died in February 1943. He died in March the following year. Their three oldest children were sons: George married Bonnie McGuire. They moved to California where five of their children grew to maturity. After George's death in 1943, Bonnie returned to Nebraska. Bert was a section foreman for the Burlington Railroad for nearly 50 years. He married Bonnie (McGuire) Brittain. David was also a section foreman for about the same amount of time, work out of Elsie, Madrid, Grainton and Loomis. He married Mable Kirk and their daughter, Althea Masser lives in Grant. The last three children were daughters; Camie was born 1892. She died of measles in May, 1914. Eva Isabelle (known only as Belle) was born in 1895. She married Oscar Hanson, a farmer in the area on June 3, 1917. They lived on a farm Three miles west of Elsie. Their 5 children still live in Nebraska, three near Elsie-Esther, Emil and Dale. Pauline lives in Holdrege and Edith in Omaha Oscar died in 1975 and Belle in 1986. Alta Gertrude, born January 30, 1898, married Pete Peterson. They adopted a daughter, Leah Maxine in 1935. She now lives in Salem, Oregon. Alta died in a car-pedestrian accident on the street in Elsie on April 6, 1973. Pete died in a farm tractor accident in 1956.

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Theresa (Smith) Brittain died in February 1943. According to her family tree, she married John Francis Brittain.
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In 1816, in July, Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Polidori were vacationing in Switzerland, talking about the occult. They challenged each other to write the best horror story they could. Mary (Godwin) Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" - which came to her in a dream. Polidori wrote the short story The Vampyre.

In 1823, on April 13th, Franz Liszt - who was 11 - gave a concert in Austria. After the concert, he was personally congratulated by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In 1887, on July 1st, the assembly for the supports of the Eiffel Tower began . A wrought iron lattice tower, it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel - who also contributed to the building of the Statue of Liberty. There are 18,000 pieces in the Eiffel Tower - which had to be built separately and then assembled in place - with rivets - to complete the Tower.

In 1902, the Bureau of the Census was established. This was the government department that was a boon to family historians - it, even now, is responsible for taking the census and provides demographic information and analyses about the population of the United States.

In 1943, in the year of Theresa (Smith) Brittain's passing, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

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