103 - Vera M. Anderson - Tigard, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 45° 25.146 W 122° 47.738
10T E 515989 N 5029528
Quick Description: One of a number of centenarians interred at St. Anthonys Cemetery.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2018 2:48:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMY4D8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member woolsox
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Long Description:
I discovered a small number of centenarians at St. Anthonys Cemetery. I located a website that was able to prove Vera Anderson lived to be 103. Vera was born on May 3, 1901. She died on March 23, 2005 at 103 years of age.

1901 - In the year that Vera M Anderson was born, shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

1909 - At the age of just 8 years old, Vera was alive when Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

1942 - By the time she was 41 years old, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

1953 - When she was 52 years old, actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

1993 - Vera was 92 years old when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

Location of Headstone: St. Anthonys Cemetery

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