LaVerna Critser

31 January 1893–22 April 1950 (Age 57)

The Life of LaVerna

When LaVerna Critser was born on 31 January 1893, in Ghana, her father, Charles Albert Critser, was 23 and her mother, Rosanna Whitlock, was 16. She married Clarance Ranford Gurley in 1910, in Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 22 April 1950, in San Mateo, California, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Clarance Ranford Gurley
LaVerna Critser
Marriage: 1910
Melvin M. Gurley
Margaret Gurley
Gerald Leroy Gurley
Kenneth Edward Gurley
Iona Marie Gurley
Leona Mae Gurley
Charles Henry Gurley

Spouse and Children

Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 13

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 16

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Kritzer or Kreutzer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Laverna Gurley in household of C R Gurley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Laverna Gurley in household of Clarance Gurley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Laverna Critzer in household of C A Critzer, "United States Census, 1900"

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