Sanford Shirley Sutton

September 1897–
Indiana, United States

The Life of Sanford Shirley

When Sanford Shirley Sutton was born in September 1897, in Indiana, United States, his father, Samuel Basil Sutton, was 35 and his mother, Rose B. Elkin, was 32. He married Ruth Patterson Bushnell on 15 June 1922, in Algona, Kossuth, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1935 and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1940.

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Sanford Shirley Sutton
Ruth Patterson Bushnell
Marriage: 15 June 1922
Shirley Ruth Sutton

Spouse and Children

15 June 1922
Algona, Kossuth, Iowa, United States


    Shirley Ruth Sutton


Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Basil Sutton





    Claud R. Sutton



    Charles Elkin Sutton


    Grover Willard Sutton


    Marion Lorene Sutton


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1900 · The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Age 3

Historically known as the Chicago Drainage Canal, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal is a canal system that connects the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River. It reverses the direction of the Chicago River, which now flows out of Lake Michigan rather than into it. It is one of two canals that helps navigation to ships traveling between the Great Lakes Waterway and the Mississippi River system.

Age 32

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places called Sutton, from Old English sūð ‘south’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Shirley Sutton in household of Rose B Sutton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Shirley S Sutton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Sanford Sutton, "United States Census, 1940"

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