Thomas Locke (1889 - 1969)

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Thomas Locke
1889 - 1969
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March 8, 1889
Death
September 1969
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Mesquite, Dona Ana County, New Mexico 88048
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Thomas Locke was born on March 8, 1889. He died in September 1969 at 80 years of age. We know that Thomas Locke had been residing in Mesquite, Dona Ana County, New Mexico 88048.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Thomas Locke passed away in September 1969 at 80 years of age. He was born on March 8, 1889. There is no information about Thomas's surviving family. We know that Thomas Locke had been residing in Mesquite, Dona Ana County, New Mexico 88048.

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In 1889, in the year that Thomas Locke was born, on January 15th, the Coca-Cola Company was incorporated - originally as the "Pemberton Medicine Company". The Coca-Cola drink was originally created by John Stith Pemberton, first as a patent medicine and then as a soda fountain drink. Pemberton had sold the company in 1888, shortly before he died.

In 1908, Thomas was 19 years old when unemployment in the U.S. was at 8.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents while the population in the United States was 88,710,000. The world population was almost 4.4 billion.

In 1927, at the age of 38 years old, Thomas was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1931, Thomas was 42 years old when in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1969, in the year of Thomas Locke's passing, in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

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