Bessie Irene Mullen

7 December 1919–20 September 1997 (Age 77)
Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States

The Life of Bessie Irene

When Bessie Irene Mullen was born on 7 December 1919, in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States, her father, James Mullen, was 33 and her mother, Vera Muncey Harman, was 26. She married William W. Bitterman on 1 July 1940, in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Hayden Lake, Kootenai, Idaho, United States in 1930 and Election Precinct 59 Columbia Valley Gardens, Cowlitz, Washington, United States in 1940. She died on 20 September 1997, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 77.

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William W. Bitterman
Bessie Irene Mullen
Marriage: 1 July 1940
Sandra Sue Bitterman

Spouse and Children

1 July 1940
Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States


    Sandra Sue Bitterman


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+9 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 21

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of the common and widespread Gaelic name Ó Maoláin ‘descendant of Maolán’, a byname meaning ‘tonsured one’, ‘devotee’ (from a diminutive of maol ‘bald’).2 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a mill, or a metonymic occupational name for a miller, from Anglo-Norman French mo(u)lin, mulin ‘mill’ ( see Mill ). In some instances it may be a variant of Millen , from Middle English mullelane.3 Dutch and Belgian (van Mullen): habitational name from Mullem in East Flanders, Mullem in West Flanders, or possibly Mollen in Brabant.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Mullew in household of Peter Edward Gilbert, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Mullen in household of James Mullen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie I Mullen in household of James Mullen, "United States Census, 1930"

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