The History of the John Orth Brewing Co. (1850 - 1890)
John Frederick Orth was born in Rott, Alsace, France on May 20, 1821. He learned the skill of brewing beer while in Rott and honed his skills as a brewer after leaving in 1840. Before immigrating to America, Orth traveled to Germany, Italy, and Spain. In 1847 he arrived in America, landing in Erie, Pennsylvania. On August 6, 1849, Orth married Mary Weinell. Not long after the wedding, the couple moved to Galena, Illinois before settling in St. Anthony, MN in July of the following year. Orth and his “very pregnant wife” were the area’s first German settlers.
The Kidnapping of Amber Hagerman
On Saturday, January 13, 1996, nine-year-old Amber Hagerman and her five-year-old brother Ricky went with their mother Donna Whitson to Arlington, Texas, to see their grandparents. At around 3 pm, the two kids, who had bicycles at the house, asked if they could ride in their neighborhood. It was 70 degrees, and the kids wanted to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Seven-Year-Old Erica Pratt Saves Herself from Kidnappers
On the evening of Monday, July 22, 2002, seven-year-old Erica Pratt was outside of her Southwest Philadelphia home playing with her five-year-old sister and their six-year-old friend Rani Byrd. Suddenly, a car with two men pulled up in a white car with dark tinted windows and called Erica over. She refused, so the passenger jumped out and grabbed her, intent on stealing her away from her family. Rani tried to save her, but the man shoved her to the ground.
The Killing of Atatiana Jefferson
Atatiana Jefferson moved into the home at 1203 East Allen Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, to assist her ailing mother and help care for her 8-year-old nephew Zion. She'd been doing just that during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 12, 2019, playing Call of Duty with her nephew.
Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin (1912 - 1987)
“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” ~ Bayard Rustin
Irene Morgan Kirkaldy (1917 - 2007)
In 1944, eleven years before Rosa Parks made a similar choice, Twenty-seven-year-old Irene Morgan refused to give up her bus seat to a white couple. Her action wasn't an effort backed by any particular organization but rather that of a young lady standing her moral ground against an injustice. Her defiant act of civil disobedience struck an early blow to segregation in the South.
Activist Fred Korematsu (1919 - 2005)
Fred Korematsu was born on January 30, 1919, in Oakland, California, to Japanese parents who ran a plant nursery. After graduating high school, he worked as a shipyard welder, a job he was fired from after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That horrific event turned the United States against its citizens of Japanese descent. A few days after the bombing, police came to the Korematsu's to confiscate cameras, phones, and other devices they believed could be used to signal Japan.
The Life of Transgender Pioneer Christine Jorgensen (1926 - 1989)
Christine Jorgensen left the United States for Europe after WWII, known to her family and friends as a shy, effeminate 24-year-old young man. She returned two years later as a confident, headstrong 26-year-old female.