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William Vocke (1885 - 1970)

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William Vocke
1885 - 1970
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November 25, 1885
Death
July 1970
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Ashton, Sherman County, Nebraska 68817
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William Vocke was born on November 25, 1885. He died in July 1970 at age 84. We know that William Vocke had been residing in Ashton, Sherman County, Nebraska 68817.
Updated: November 9, 2011
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William Vocke passed away in July 1970 at 84 years of age. He was born on November 25, 1885. We are unaware of information about William's family. We know that William Vocke had been residing in Ashton, Sherman County, Nebraska 68817.
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In 1885, in the year that William Vocke was born, on June 17th, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Two hundred thousand people and hundreds of boats greeted the statue. It had to be assembled but that had to wait until the pedestal was completed the following April.

In 1897, at the age of merely 12 years old, William was alive when on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1908, he was 23 years old when the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1937, at the age of 52 years old, William was alive when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1970, in the year of William Vocke's passing, on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

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