Gertrude Flavilla Knight

6 May 1903–15 April 1984 (Age 80)
St. Paul, Howard, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Gertrude Flavilla

When Gertrude Flavilla Knight was born on 6 May 1903, in St. Paul, Howard, Nebraska, United States, her father, Charles Edwin Knight, was 36 and her mother, Almeda Faith Tatman, was 32. She married Carl Harry Ehresman on 2 March 1921, in Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Cedar, Nebraska, United States in 1935 and Center Township, Cedar, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 15 April 1984, in Tipton, Cedar, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Tipton, Cedar, Iowa, United States.

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Carl Harry Ehresman
Gertrude Flavilla Knight
Marriage: 2 March 1921
Harold Edwin Ehresman
Donzel William Ehresman

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2 March 1921
Kearney, Buffalo, Nebraska, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 10

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 23

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 English: status name from Middle English knyghte ‘knight’, Old English cniht ‘boy’, ‘youth’, ‘serving lad’. This word was used as a personal name before the Norman Conquest, and the surname may in part reflect a survival of this. It is also possible that in a few cases it represents a survival of the Old English sense into Middle English, as an occupational name for a domestic servant. In most cases, however, it clearly comes from the more exalted sense that the word achieved in the Middle Ages. In the feudal system introduced by the Normans the word was applied at first to a tenant bound to serve his lord as a mounted soldier. Hence it came to denote a man of some substance, since maintaining horses and armor was an expensive business. As feudal obligations became increasingly converted to monetary payments, the term lost its precise significance and came to denote an honorable estate conferred by the king on men of noble birth who had served him well. Knights in this last sense normally belonged to ancient noble families with distinguished family names of their own, so that the surname is more likely to have been applied to a servant in a knightly house or to someone who had played the part of a knight in a pageant or won the title in some contest of skill.2 Irish: part translation of Gaelic Mac an Ridire ‘son of the rider or knight’. See also McKnight .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gertrude Ehresman in household of Carl Ehresman, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gertrude Ehresman in household of Carl Ehresman, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gertrude F Knight in household of Charos E Knight, "United States Census, 1920"

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