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Delbert Alden Knudson 

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Hans Jakob Knudson
9/20/1843 - 8/2/1928

Elizabeth McLeod
5/10/1860 - 6/10/1945
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Delbert Alden Knudson
4/1/1895 - 1944
(Shown at age 33)
Delbert Alden Knudson was born on April 1, 1895 in Irwin, Iowa and died about 1944 in an unknown place. Actual date of death is unknown. He lived to be about 48 years old.

His parents came from Norway and could not speak English. He was the first generation born in America. He was Nicknamed 'Del' and had a wooden leg due to a fire injury as a child. His leg caught on fire when he tried to start a fire using Kerosene. He also had a tattoo of a woman on his upper arm. He had five brothers and sisters (we think). Date of death is unknown. Del was a well known Chef in the Omaha area and met and married a waitress named Oma Kosher. However, he told her that his name was Del Kingston. It wasn't until after their first child was born that his sister came to visit. After Oma learned that Del's real name was Knudson, she insisted that they be remarried with his correct name.

Del also had a great love for the stronger kind of drink. Between employment, he would pawn his professional Chef knives and tools. When he found another job he would ask for an advance to get his tools from the pawn shop. He was arrested for bootlegging, too.
Census6/22/1900 Greeley IA (Shelby County) 5 yrs old 
Recorded as family #126: Jacob Knudson (age 55), Lizzie (wife, age 41), Louie (son, age 17, born 2/1883), Merle (son, age 14, born 9/1885), Ella (daughter, age 11, born 9/1888), Florence (daughter, age 9, 12/1890), Dilbert (son, age 5, born 4/1895), Willis (son, age 2, 6/1897). Lizzie has given birth to 6 children and all are still living. Jacob was born in Norway while Lizzie and the children were born in Iowa. Lizzie's father was born in Scotland and her mother in England. Both of Jacob's parents were born in Norway. Jacob indicates that he immigrated to the US in 1877 (23 years ago) and he is not a citizen. Jacob is a farmer. All of the children, except the youngest, are attending school. All can read, write and speak English. 
Census4/16/1910 Shelby IA (Jefferson County) 15 yrs old 
Recorded as family #23: Jacob Knudson (age 64), Elizabeth (age 53), Murl (son, age 24), Florence (daughter, age 18), Delbert (age 15), and Willie (age 11). Jacob was born in northern Norway and Elizabeth and children were born in Iowa. Jacob's parents were also born in Northern Norway and Elizabeth's parents were both born in England. Jacob lists his occupations as teaming and odd jobs. Murl is a manager of a ????. All adults indicate they speak English and can read and write.  
Census4/11/1930 Omaha NE  35 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  39 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.  

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2 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
5 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.
5 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
6 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
7 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
8 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
9 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
11 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
11 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
11 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
17 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
18 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
19 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
28 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
28 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
29 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
31 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
32 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
33 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
41 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
43 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
13 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
17 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
18 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
22 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.
24 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
43 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
44 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
46 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.
14 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
15 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.
32 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
34 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
35 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
37 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
38 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!
39 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.
39 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
40 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
44 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
48 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.
49 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
14 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
19 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.
22 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
24 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
25 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.
43 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
44 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.
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Del Knudson, Sr.
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Oma Koser
Born on March 24, 1904 and died on April 13, 1984
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The Children of Delbert Alden Knudson

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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