Bertha Magdalen Spirko

31 March 1895–2 August 1971 (Age 76)
Edgewater, Bergen, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Bertha Magdalen

Bertha Magdalen Spirko was born on 31 March 1895, in Edgewater, Bergen, New Jersey, United States. She married Joseph George Mosey on 18 August 1912, in New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States for about 20 years. She died on 2 August 1971, in New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

Joseph George Mosey
Bertha Magdalen Spirko
Marriage: 18 August 1912
Thomas Mosey
Anna Mosey
Joseph Mosey
John Mosey
Bertha Mosey
Alice Mosey

Spouse and Children

18 August 1912
New York City, New York, United States


    Thomas Mosey



    Joseph Mosey




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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 18

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

Age 21

"During a deadly heat wave, thousands of residents were at the seaside resorts of Jersey Shore. Between July 1 and July 2 of 1916, five different people were attacked by sharks, and four of them ultimately died. Scientific knowledge about sharks was limited at this time, so these tragic incidents started a wave of ""shark panic"" that was spread by telephone calls, letters, newspapers, and other media."

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of Jewish (from Poland) Szpirko, a nickname (or unflattering name to Jews assigned by Polish Christian officials), from Polish szperka ‘bacon’, ‘lard’, ‘pork fat’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Bertha Mosey in household of Joseph Mosey, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bertha Mosey in household of Joseph Mosey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bertha Mosey in household of Joseph Mosey, "United States Census, 1930"

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