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John McNeil Koser 

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John McNeil Koser
8/20/1853 - 4/7/1926
(Shown at age 48)
John McNeil Koser was born on August 20, 1853 somewhere in Illinois and died on April 7, 1926 in Allen, Nebraska. He lived to be 72 years old.

Known by the nickname of 'Mac', he never married.
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3 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
6 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
12 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
16 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
24 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
26 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
36 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
42 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
44 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
47 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
47 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.
48 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
49 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
50 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
51 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
53 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
53 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
53 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
59 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
60 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
61 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
70 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
70 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
71 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
73 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
8 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
9 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
29 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
32 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
55 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
59 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
60 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
64 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.
66 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
1 1854 Nebraska territory is opened to settlement in 1854 and mail is delivered haphazardly. Anyone crossing the Missouri, usually on their own business, might be asked to carry the mail.
4 1857 The first public school was opened in Omaha with five teachers and 456 students enrolled. Nebraska City opened another public school the same year with five teachers and 273 students. The Nebraska City school closed 13 weeks after it opened due to lack of funds.
14 1867 Nebraska was admitted to Statehood on March 1, 1867 by President Andrew Johnson.
16 1869 The University of Nebraska was chartered. It took two years to hire faculty and construct a building to conduct classes.
21 1874 Arbor Day becomes an official state holiday. Groups all over the state observe the day by planting a tree.
22 1875 Thousands of buffalo still roamed Nebraska as late as 1875. One story about a local event says " seven buffaloes were in town, having a red-hot time. One of them effected an entrance into the dining-room of Rumsey's hotel, and broke several chairs in attempting to sit down at the table to make a square meal of antelope steak. Getting his back up at the toughness of the steak, he overturned a table and smashed the crockery ware."
32 1885 The legislature designates Nebraska as the "Tree Planters State" - which had wide appeal due to the barrenness of the treeless plains.
37 1890 Medicine shows travel allover Nebraska in the late 1800s offering cheap entertainment and bottled cure-alls. Traveling by wagon, the show would arrive in town, set up large tents, and begin a two-week run. Shows consisted of vaudeville-like skits, songs, and dance numbers. Between each part of the program, salesmen traveled the aisles, selling the bottled medicine.
53 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.
55 1908 A total of 4,200 automobiles have been registered with the Secretary of State.
65 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.
2 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
7 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
9 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
10 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
12 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
15 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
22 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
23 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
56 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
57 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.
56 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
61 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.
64 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
66 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
67 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.
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