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Oma Beryl Koser 

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Henry Louis Koser
4/15/1869 - 1/19/1932

Edith Gillette
7/15/1883 - 12/9/1918
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Oma Beryl Koser
3/24/1904 - 4/13/1984
(Shown at age 42)
Oma Beryl Koser was born on March 24, 1904 somewhere in Nebraska and died on April 13, 1984 in Warner Robins, Georgia. She lived to be 80 years old.

She moved to Warner Robins, GA around 1951 and lived there until her death in 1984. She also lived in the outskirts of Albany, GA in a town named Putney. As a child she lived in Iowa and later in Nebraska where she met and married Delbert Knudson (Kingston). When she and Del separated, she and the children moved to Missouri to live with her friend Mary. She moved to Georgia after marrying Henry T. Tidwell and lived there the rest of her life.

Census4/20/1910 2-wd Omaha NE (Douglas County) 6 yrs old 
Recorded as family #127: Henry L. Koser (age 40, born in IL and both parents born in PA), Edith (wife, age 25, born in Michigan, Father in PA and Mother in MO), Pearl (daughter, age 6, born in NE), Vernon (son, age 4, born in NE), Ethel (daughter, less than one month old, born in NE). Edith has given birth to 4 children and three are still living. Henry is a farmer working his own farm. However, they are renting the house that they live in. He and Edith can read and write. 
Census1/12/1920 Omaha NE (Douglas County) 15 yrs old 
Recorded as family #15: Henry Koser (age 50, born in PA as were both parents), Heleia (wife, age 19, born in NE and parents born in Iowa), Oma (daughter, age 15), Ethel (daughter, age 10), Vera (daughter, age 6), Raymond (son, age 1). All of the children were born in NE, and their father in PA and mother in NE. The children have been attending school. Henry can read but not write and his wife can read and write. Henry states his occupation as laborer. 
Census4/11/1930 Omaha NE  26 yrs old 
Recorded as family #251: Delbert Knudson (head, age 30), Oma (wife, age 26), Delbert (son, age 6), Dwayne (son, age 5) and Darlene (daughter, age 4) and Henry L. Koser (father-in-law, age 60, born in IL, father in PA and mother in NJ). They are renting their home and estimate the value of their property at $15. 00. They do no own a radio. Oma and the children were born in Nebraska. Delbert Sr. was born in Iowa and his father was born in Norway and mother in the US. Oma says that her father was born in Illinois and her mother in Ohio. Oma and Delbert were married when she was 18 and he was 23. Delbert Sr. is working as a cook in a restaurant. Henry L. Kosher, father-in-law, is living with them. He is 60 years old and was born in Illinois (his father in PA and mother in NJ). 
Newspaper11/24/1934  30 yrs old 
Their routine duties of extinguishing the fire done during the Thanksgiving season, the firemen came back during their off-duty hours to bring food, clothing and bedding to the family of Delbert Knudson, 1719 Fort Street. R.L. Hillock of engine company No. ?? coordinated the temporary repairs to the home. Grouped about Mrs. Knudson are Doug (age 3), Daphne (age 5), and Darlene (age 9). Mr. Knudson was in the hospital where he underwent surgery.  
Other9/23/1971 GA (DeKalb County) 67 yrs old 
Georgia Death Index 1919-1998: Henry T. Tidwell, a resident of Houston County, died on September 23, 1971 in DeKalb County. He was a 62 year old white male. 
Newspaper9/26/1971 Warner Robins GA (Houston County) 67 yrs old 
HENRY T. TIDWELL, Warner Robins - Graveside services for Henry Taylor Tidwell, 63, of Rte. 1 Kathleen, who died Thursday, will be held at 3PM Sunday in Perry Memorial Gardens. Mr. Tidwell, a native of Luthersville, had lived in Houston County 26 years and was retired from Robins Air Force Base. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Oma Tidwell; a son, Dennis A. Tidwell of Stlanta; two stepsons, Dwayne Knudson and Douglas Knudson, both of St. Louis, MO; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Daffney Ikner of Tallahassee, FL, and Mrs. Darlene greenman of St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Flournoy and Mrs. Emma Wallace, both of Gay; and two brothers, Louie Tidwell of Gay and Simmie Tidwell of Luthersville. McCullough Funeral Home is in charge.  Source:  The Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA), Sunday, September 26, 1971, page 12A.

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1 1905 Crisp, Grady, Jenkins, Tift, Davis, Stephens, Toombs, Turner, and Ben Hill Counties formed.
8 1912 Forsyth, Bleckley, and Wheeler Counties formed.
10 1914 Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans Counties are formed.
13 1917 Atkinson and Treutlen Counties are formed.
16 1920 Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar Counties are formed.
20 1924 Peach County is formed.
2 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
2 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
2 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
8 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
9 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
10 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
19 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
19 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
20 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
22 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
23 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
24 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
32 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
34 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
42 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
43 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
47 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
48 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
53 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.
56 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
58 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
61 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
67 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
70 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
71 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
75 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
77 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
4 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
8 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
9 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
13 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.
15 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
34 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
35 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
37 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.
46 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
51 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
56 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
59 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
65 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.
66 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.
73 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
80 1984 NEWS HEADLINES: The first Macintosh computer with a mouse is launched and begins the computer age as it is shortly followed by the first PC and Microsoft.
2 1906 The first Nebraska automobile license plates are purchased following passage of a law that requires each vehicle to be registered with the Secretary of State. A total of 571 owners register their vehicles.
4 1908 A total of 4,200 automobiles have been registered with the Secretary of State.
14 1918 Cases of the "flu" appeared in Lincoln and Omaha as early as September, and rapidly spread across the state. The disease came on suddenly, with a fever and profuse perspiration. Soon the victim was overcome by weakness. Death often came within 24 hours. As the flu spread, doctors and nurses were in short supply. By October, the Nebraska State Board of Health issued an order closing public meetings, schools, churches, theaters, and all kinds of entertainment. Mail carriers continued on their rounds, but wore white face masks for protection. After three weeks, the schools were reopened. Teachers and pupils were required to wear masks. The epidemic was deadly. In Omaha alone there were 974 deaths between October 5 and December 31. Merchants sustained heavy losses from light Christmas trade. The "Spanish influenza" of 1918 brought sorrow and suffering to almost every Nebraska community.
41 1945 Nebraska becomes known as the "Cornhusker State".
5 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
6 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.
23 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
25 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
26 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
28 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
29 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!
30 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
30 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.
31 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
35 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
39 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.
40 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
41 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
50 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.
58 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
62 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
63 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.
67 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
68 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
69 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
73 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
77 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
5 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
10 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.
13 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
15 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
16 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.
34 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
35 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.
41 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Oma and Henry Tidwell
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Oma Tidwell
Oma Tidwell
Happy 75th Birthday Oma!
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Henry Tidwell
Born on January 19, 1909 and died on September 23, 1971
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Gilbert Casey
Born on December 28, 1912 and died on April 27, 2006
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Delbert Knudson
Born on April 1, 1895 and died about 1944
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The Children of Oma Beryl Koser

8 years old
Delbert Alden Knudson Jr.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska about 1923 and died in Omaha, Nebraska about 1932. He was about 9 years old.

He was hit and killed by a drunk driver when he was 8 years old. His nickname was 'Juny'....
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77 years old
Darlene Adele Knudson
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 25, 1925 and died somewhere in South Carolina on December 20, 2006. She was 81 years old.

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82 years old
Daphne Ardith Knudson
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 21, 1930 and died in Tallahassee, Florida on November 15, 2023. She was 93 years old.

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70 years old
Douglas Arnold Knudson
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 15, 1932 and died in St. Louis, Missouri on November 18, 2019. He was 87 years old.

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