John Gignac

7 June 1894–November 1970 (Age 76)
Bay City, Bay, Michigan, United States

The Life of John

When John Gignac was born on 7 June 1894, in Bay City, Bay, Michigan, United States, his father, Alexander Simon Gignac, was 38 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Clago, was 34. He married Pearle Eva Heasty on 21 March 1917, in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Detroit Ward 1, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died in November 1970, in Bay, Michigan, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Portsmouth Township, Bay, Michigan, United States.

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John Gignac
Pearle Eva Heasty
Marriage: 21 March 1917
Margaret Leon Gignac

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    Pearle Eva Heasty


21 March 1917
Flint, Genesee, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1897 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 3

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 22

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

French: habitational name for someone from any of various places so called in Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault, Lot, and Vaucluse.

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

Sources (3)

  • John Gignoe in household of Alexander Gignoe, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John C Gignac, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John C Gignac, "United States Census, 1940"

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