23 March 2015

Fearless Females: A timeline

March is Women’s History Month and as such, today’s prompt focuses on my paternal great grandmother, Bessie Matys Hruszczak. The prompt for the Fearless Females Challenge is: Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link to it.  

I am a strong believer in timelines so I thought I would love this one. Not so much. The program asks for a name ad birth and death year. It provides world events. The timeline that OurTimelines created for Bessie is: http://www.ourtimelines.com/cgi-bin/makehist.pl  

My simple timeline:
1895 – Bessie is born to Joseph Matys and Olena Vaspleship
1904-1905 – Russian-Japanese War
1912 – Immigrates to America in October (that April the Titanic had sunk); settled in Coatesville
1914-1919 – WWI (US entered in 1917)
1915 – Marries Panko Hruszczak
1916 – 1st son Theodore born
1918 – 2nd son Joseph born; 1st son Theodore dies in flu epidemic; Prohibition begins (thru 1933)
1919 – 3rd son (also) Theodore born
1921 – 4th son Nicholas born
1922 – 5th son Paul born
1925? – daughter Katie born
1926 – daughter Mary born
Bet 1928-1930 – daughter Helen born.
1929-1930 – Great Depression
1930 – daughter Ann born
1932 – 6th son Peter born
1939-1945 – WWII (sons Nick and Paul both served)
1950-1953 – Korean War (son Pete served)
1963 – US President John F Kennedy assassinated
1964-1975 – Vietnam Conflict (grandsons served)
1968 – husband passed
1972 – Bessie passed 


Fearless Females is a daily prompt throughout March celebrating Women’s History Month initiated by Lisa A Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist  
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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