Bess Elizabeth Strahorn

Brief Life History of Bess Elizabeth

When Bess Elizabeth Strahorn was born on 27 October 1883, in Iowa, United States, her father, Franklin Pierce 'Frank' Strahorn, was 32 and her mother, Cynthia C Bird, was 32. She married Irvin Thomas Wilson on 11 April 1906, in Hardin, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Eldora, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Etna Township, Hardin, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 20 October 1946, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Iowa Falls, Hardin, Iowa, United States.

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Irvin Thomas Wilson
Bess Elizabeth Strahorn
Marriage: 11 April 1906
Erma L Wilson
Cecil Leroy Wilson
Glen LeRoy Wilson
Clinton Howard Wilson
Edna Jean Wilson
Carol Wilson

Sources (21)

  • Bessie Strahom, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Bessie E Strahorn, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • Bess Elizabeth Wilson, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

Probably an altered form of Scottish or Irish Strachan , Straughan , reflecting the pronunciation, or of their variant Strawhorn .

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

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