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Edith  Gillette 

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Robert V. Gillette
1853 - 1953

Ida Davidson
1862 - 1962
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Edith Gillette
7/15/1883 - 12/9/1918
(Shown at age 21)
Edith Gillette was born on July 15, 1883 somewhere in Michigan and died on December 9, 1918 somewhere in Nebraska. She lived to be 35 years old.

Died from the Flu during the 1918 flu epidemic, now commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Stories handed down through the generations say she was 1/2 Indian (1/2 French and 1/2 Indian). The kids were told they were from the Blackfoot tribe -- but this was most likely a family joke referring to the condition of their bare feet. It is unknown which parent was Native American. Research has revealed that many of the Sahnish Tribe adopted the last name of 'Gillette' -- which may or may not be a clue to her identity. Her sister, who lived on the reservation, made leather and cloth Indian moccasins that were completely covered with tiny beads and gave each of Edith's grand children a hand-made pair when they were born. Only one pair of these moccasins are known to exist today.
Records
Census1/1/1900 Omaha NE (Douglas County) 16 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Edith Gillette.  Recorded as dwelling #2043: Volley (or Nahney) Gillott (age 48, born 12/1853 in PA), Ida F. (age 38, born 11/1861 in Iowa), Frank E. (son, 20, 2/1880 in Iowa), Edith (daughter, 16, 7/1882 in Michigan), Guy (son, 14, 6/1885, Michigan), Ray Gillott (son, 13, 5/1887 in Indiana), and Ray Wilford (boarder, age 19, born 7/1881). Volly's parents were born in New York and Unknown. Ida's parents were born in Ohio and Iowa. Volly and Ida have been married for 27 years. Ida has given birth to 4 children and all are still living. Volly is a carpet weaver and his oldest son is a painting apprentice. The youngest son is attending school. 
Census4/20/1910 2-wd Omaha NE (Douglas County) 26 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. 

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6 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
12 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
14 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
17 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
17 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.
18 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
19 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
20 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
21 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
23 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
23 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
23 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
29 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
30 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
31 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
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2 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
25 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
29 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
30 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
34 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.
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7 1890 Between 1890 and 1900, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors were among many automotive companies founded in southeastern Michigan.
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2 1885 The legislature designates Nebraska as the "Tree Planters State" - which had wide appeal due to the barrenness of the treeless plains.
7 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.
23 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.
25 1908 A total of 4,200 automobiles have been registered with the Secretary of State.
35 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.
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26 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
27 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.
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26 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
31 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.
34 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
Family Snapshots
Oma with her Mother and Grandmother
Oma with her Mother and Grandmother
Edith Gillette  Koser
Edith Gillette Koser
Wedding of Edith and Henry Koser
Wedding of Edith and Henry Koser


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Henry Koser
Born on April 15, 1869 and died on January 19, 1932.
They were married 1/1/1901.

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The Children of Edith Gillette

Ruth M. Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska on September 10, 1902 and died somewhere in Nebraska on July 13, 1903. This child lived to be about 10 months old.

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42 years old
Oma Beryl Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska on March 24, 1904 and died in Warner Robins, Georgia on April 13, 1984. She was 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 Ne...
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7 years old
Vernon Doyle Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska about 1906 and died somewhere in Nebraska on December 9, 1918. He was about 12 years old.

Died shortly after his mother during the 1918 flu epidemic, now commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu Pandemic....
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92 years old
Ethel Corrine Koser
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 3, 1910 and died in Rockford, Illinois on March 15, 2005. She was 95 years old.

She was stricken with Polio as a young child. Her first marriage to Torrey R. Swanson ended when he died young.

She became a school teacher and taught for two years in Allen, NE. and seven y...
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37 years old
Lavera Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska on October 28, 1913 and died in Washington, Wisconsin on December 29, 2003. She was 90 years old.

Nicknamed "Vera", she married Jim McKearney and had two children: Jerry (born about 1930) and Billy (who was youngest). Both of her sons died before 2003.

She was stricken with Alzhei...
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J. Wendall Lewis Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska on October 5, 1916 and died in Allen, Nebraska on November 20, 1917. This child lived to be about 13 months old.

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Edith Fern Koser
Born somewhere in Nebraska on December 9, 1918 and died somewhere in Nebraska on October 1, 1919. This child lived to be about 9 months old.

Born the same day her mother died and in poor health. She was given to a relative while her father made arrangements and settled the family. ...
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