101 - Leona Chaney - Tigard, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 45° 25.139 W 122° 47.757
10T E 515964 N 5029515
Quick Description: One of a number of centenarians interred at St. Anthonys Cemetery.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2018 2:34:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMY4D6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member woolsox
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Findagrave.com website:

BIRTH 1 Sep 1903 Iowa, USA
DEATH 23 Oct 2004 (aged 101)

Some notable events during Leona's life:

1903 - In the year that Leona E Chaney was born, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

1912 - When she was just 9 years old, 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.

1916 - She was just 13 years old when the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

1959 - Leona was 56 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

1973 - By the time she was 70 years old, on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.
Location of Headstone: St. Anthonys Cemetery

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