Thursday, July 05, 2007

Before tractors were born

My great-grandmother Nellie Burr died yesterday at the age of 102. For someone who has spent the last 8 years in a nursing home, Independence Day was an appropriate time to be freed from this earthly body and reunited with her Savior and loved ones. Many of them had been waiting a long time for her. A lot has happened in her lifetime and my dad interviewed her on video not long ago about her life. I wish today that I could sit down and watch that video.

These are some of the things that she predated by being born in 1905.

  • Tractors

  • Tea Bags

  • Electric Vacuum Cleaners

  • Washing Machines

  • Air Conditioner

  • Self starting Automobile

  • Crossword Puzzles

  • Radio Receivers

Also in 1905...

  • Theodore Roosevelt was president, so she has seen 17 US Presidents.

  • Albert Einstein published his paper on photoelectric light opening the door to quantum mechanics. Not to mention his work on the theory of relativity in April 1905

  • Las Vegas Nevada was founded when 110 acres were auctioned off

  • Tsar Nicholas II of Russia agrees to create an elected assembly known as the Duma

  • Wilbur and Orville get the Wright Flyer III to stay airborne for 39 minutes, the longest flight to date and the first over 30 minutes.

  • Novocaine was introduced by Albert Einhorn and aren't we all thankful for that.

I could go on but I think most would agree that she lived during some of the most exciting times in all of history and now she is living eternally ever after!