Bessie Irene Mullen

Brief Life History of Bessie Irene

When Bessie Irene Mullen was born on 7 December 1919, in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States, her father, James J Mullen, was 33 and her mother, Vera Muncey Harman, was 26. She married William Walter 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 Columbia Valley Gardens, Cowlitz, Washington, United States in 1940 and Douglas, Oregon, United States in 1950. She died on 20 September 1997, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 77.

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

Sources (10)

  • Bessie T Bitterman, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Bessie I Gustafson, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Bessie Mullan Bitterman Gustafson in entry for Alvin M Gustafson, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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


Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.


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 gusts 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

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoláin ‘descendant of Maolán’, a byname meaning ‘tonsured one, devotee’ (from a diminutive of maol ‘bald’). The variants Ó Maoileáin and Ó Maoilín result in a variety of vowels in the Anglicized forms.

Dutch (Van der Mullen): variant of Van der Molen (see Molen ).

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

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