William Leonard Von Eschen (1904 - 1943)

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William Leonard Von Eschen
1904 - 1943
South Dakota United States
South Dakota United States
William Leonard Von Eschen was born in 1904 in South Dakota. He is the child of Emil Leonard Von Eschen and Forence Anna Von Eschen, with sibling Mabel. He died in 1943 in South Dakota at age 39.
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Updated: August 10, 2021
William Leonard Von Eschen was born in 1904, at in South Dakota, to Emil Leonard Von Eschen and Florence Anna Von Eschen (born Walker). Emil was born on November 24 1869, in Bloomer, Oshkosh Co., Wisconsin. Florence was born on April 26 1876, in Kankakee, Kankakee Co., Illinois. William had 3 siblings: Clara A. Alldritt (born Von Eschen) and Mabel Backous (born Von Eschen) and one other sibling. William passed away on month day 1943, at age 38 in South Dakota. He was buried in South Dakota.
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William Leonard Von Eschen passed away in 1943 in South Dakota at age 39. He was born in 1904 in South Dakota. He is the child of Emil Leonard Von Eschen and Forence Anna Von Eschen, with sibling Mabel.
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In 1904, in the year that William Leonard Von Eschen was born, the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

In 1912, at the age of only 8 years old, William was alive when Arizona was admitted to the United States in February (on Valentine's Day). It became the 48th state in the Union. Previously a Spanish - then Mexican - territory, the U.S. paid $15 million dollars for the area in 1848. Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the United States.

In 1927, when he was 23 years old, 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 1932, when he was 28 years old, 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 1943, in the year of William Leonard Von Eschen's passing, on March 31st, the Broadway musical Oklahoma! opened. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (the first of their string of successful collaborations), audiences loved it. The musical ran for 2,212 performances originally and was made into a movie in 1954.

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