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John William Koser 

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Jacob Koser
5/30/1830 - 12/28/1911

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6/15/1829 - 9/22/1897
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John William Koser
12/18/1859 - 1/30/1937
(Shown at age 41)
John William Koser was born on December 18, 1859 in Stephenson County, Illinois and died on January 30, 1937 in Tracy, Lyon County, Minnesota. He lived to be 77 years old.

He and Nancy Jane Moothart were married on Feb. 3, 1881 in Stephenson County, Illinois. They had the following children:

  1. Mattie Lee (1884-1945)
  2. Rufus W. (Ruthford?) (1886-1956)
  3. Chester Arthur (1888-?)
  4. Ross Porter (1890-1949)
  5. Carrie Ethyl (1892-1965)
  6. Hazle M. (1896-1952)

John and his brother Jacob E. were twins. Jacob died in 1917 from injuries sustained in an accidental fall. During an overnight hunting trip at the house of his wife's brother in Loran, he fell down the stairs and broke his back. He died the following day from his injuries. His wife, Hattie, died the following year. Probate records show that Olive and Robert Earlenbaugh became guardians to their children, Ellis and Ordreal, on September 30, 1919. Later, on Feb. 25, 1924 Archibald Koser became the guardian to Ordreal.

John was 58 years old when his twin brother died.

Census6/21/1880 Loran IL (Stephenson County) 20 yrs old 
The family of Jacob Kaser (age 50) is recorded as dwelling #195: Matilda Kaser (wife, age 51), John and Jacob (twin sons, age 21), Addie (daughter, 18), Matilda (daughter, 16), Archibald (son, 14), Charles (son, 11), Henry (son, age 25, divorced), Catherine (S-daughter, age 23, divorced), and Sarah I. Gill (daughter, age 23, divorced). Jacob and Matilda were born in PA as were their parents. All of their children were born in IL. Jacob cannot read or write. His wife, Matilda, can read but she cannot write. The three youngest children have been attending school and all of the older children can read and write.  

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6 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
10 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
18 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
20 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
30 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
36 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
38 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
41 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
41 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.
42 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
43 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
44 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
45 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
47 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
47 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
47 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
53 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
54 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
55 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
64 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
64 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
65 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
67 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
68 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
69 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
77 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
2 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
3 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
23 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
26 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
49 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
53 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
54 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
58 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.
60 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
1 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
3 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
4 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
6 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
9 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
16 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
17 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
50 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
51 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.
68 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
70 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
71 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
73 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
74 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!
75 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
75 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.
76 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
50 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
55 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.
58 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
60 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
61 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.

Nancy Moothart
Born on February 23, 1865 and died on March 31, 1936.
They were married 2/3/1881.

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The Children of John William Koser

23 years old
Chester Arthur Koser
Born in Ida County, Iowa on December 29, 1888 and died in Hoffman, Minnesota on December 13, 1951. He was 62 years old.

Burial at Elk Lake Cemetary, Hoffman, MN.

First marriage to Clara Catherine Haack. Prior to their divorce in 1946, they had the following children:

  1. Delbert Eugene ...
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