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Alfred Robert Thiel 

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Rudolph Thiel
1866 - 1966

Martha Unknown (Theil)
1869 - 1969
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Alfred Robert Thiel
4/24/1893 - 2/6/1983
Alfred Robert Thiel was born on April 24, 1893 in Detroit, Michigan and died on February 6, 1983 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He lived to be 89 years old.

Census6/5/1900 Detroit MI (Wayne County) 7 yrs old 
Household number 113 and Dwelling number 146. Charles Yerger (age 42, Oct 1857 listed as Head) Mary Yerger (age 37, Mar 1863), Charles Yerger (age 16, Dec 1883, Annie Yerger (age 15, Nov 1884), Helena Yerger (age 11, Apr 1889), William Yerger (age 10, May 1890), Arthur Yerger (age 8, May 1892). The report states that Charles and Mary have been married 11 years and she has had 2 children and both are alive. These two families are listed together, it lists Charles as head and Rudolph as son. Rudolph Thiel (age 33, Jun 1866), Martha Thiel (age 31, Feb 1869), Walter Thiel (9, Jul 1890), Alfred Thiel (7, Apr 1893), Paul Thiel (5, Mar 1895), and Arthur Thiel (2, Jun 1898). The report states that Rudolph and Martha have been married for 11 years, and that Martha has had 5 children and 4 are surviving. Rudolph, Martha and their oldest Walter were born in Germany, the three youngest were born in Michigan. Rudolph, Martha, and Walter moved to the US in 1892, they have been in the US for 8 years. Rudolph is working as a Carpenter, and Walter is listed as attending school. The Family can all read and write English. They are listed as renting the house they are living in.  
Census4/23/1910 Detroit MI (Wyane County) 17 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #595: Rudolph Theil (age 44), Martha (41), Walter (19), Alfred (16), Paul (15), Arthur (12), Elsie (9), and Rudolph Thiel Jr. (8). Martha has given birth to 7 children and 6 are still living. Rudolph, Martha and their oldest son were born in Germany. The 16 year old and younger were born in Michigan. Rudolph and Martha's parents were also born in Germany. Rudolph is working as a cabinet maker; Walter is working as tinsmiths in a shipyard; Alfred is working as an apprentice lithographer; and Paul is working as an apprentice ????? [print is too blurry to read]. The family speaks English, the children have been attending school and only the younger children can read and write.  
Military6/5/1917 Detroit MI (Wayne County) 24 yrs old 
World War I Draft Registration Card (Draft Card T); Roll 2032419: Alfred Thiel, born 4/24/1893 and living in Detroit, MI, is medium height and build, with blue eyes and light colored hair. He is not married and lists his Sgt as next of kin. His right arm has been broken and his right eye has been injured (possibly a scar). 
Census1/26/1920 Detroit MI (Wayne County) 26 yrs old 
Recorded as family #159: Alfred Thiel (age 26), Bertha (wife, age 21), John (son, 3 yrs, 2 months), and Berath (daughter, 3 months). Alfred and Bertha can read and write. All were born in Michigan. Alfred & Bertha's parents were born in Germany. Alfred is working as a machine repairer at a motor company. 
Census5/5/1930 East Detroit MI (Macomb County) 37 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #165: Alfred Thiel (age 37), Bertha (age 31), John (13), Annetta (10), Alfred (8), Kenneth (4 yrs, 9 months), and Rosemary (2 yrs, 10 months). They rent their home and own a radio. The estimated value of their estate is $40. All were born in Michigan. Alfred's parents were born in Germany. Bertha's parents were born in France. Alfred is working as a metal maker in a shop. The older children have been attending school. Alfred and Bertha can read and write. 
Other2/1/1983 Mt. Clemens MI (Macomb County) 89 yrs old 
Social Security Death Index: Alfred Thiel, born 4/24/1893, dies sometime in February 1983 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. His Social Security Number was issued in Michigan before 1951. 

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2 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
4 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
7 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
7 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
8 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
9 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
10 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
11 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
13 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
13 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
13 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
19 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
20 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
21 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
30 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
30 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
31 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
33 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
34 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
35 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
43 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
45 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
53 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
54 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
58 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
59 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
64 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
67 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
69 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
72 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
78 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
81 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
82 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
86 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
88 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
15 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
19 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
20 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
24 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
26 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
45 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
46 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
48 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
57 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
62 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
67 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
70 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
76 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
77 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
84 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
35 1928 Construction of the Ford River Rouge Plant is completed; the largest integrated factory complex in the world employs 100,000 people
36 1929 The Ambassador Bridge opens between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. It is the longest bridge in the world when built. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel would open the next year.
44 1937 Flint Sit-Down Strike ended with official recognition of the United Auto Workers by General Motors.
48 1941 Between 1941-1945 During World War II, Detroit is called the "Arsenal of Democracy" for its wartime industry; Fort Wayne is the largest motor vehicle and parts depot in the world.
50 1943 Riot broke out pitting whites against blacks during wartime.
57 1950 Detroit is the 4th largest city in the U.S., with 1.8 million people
66 1959 Motown music begins recording in Detroit.
67 1960 Census results reveal a 1.45 million increase in state population, the largest in state history.
74 1967 Race riots struck the city of Detroit. After 5 days of rioting, 43 people lay dead, 1,189 injured and over 7,000 people had been arrested. The riot had lasting effects on the entire metro region and is usually cited as one of the reasons the Detroit area is among the most segregated areas in the United States. 1974 Gerald R. Ford
81 1974 Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids became the 38th President of the United States.
16 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
17 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
34 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
36 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
37 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
39 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
40 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
41 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
41 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
42 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
46 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
50 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
51 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
52 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
61 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
69 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
73 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
74 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
78 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
79 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
80 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
84 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
88 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
16 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
21 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
24 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
26 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
27 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
45 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
46 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
52 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Bertha Block
Born on November 30, 1898 and died on February 19, 1983
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Marguerite Ann Thiel
Born in East Detroit, Michigan on February 3, 1937 and died in Roscommon, Michigan on March 9, 2021. She was 84 years old.

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