Francis Gustavus Dorstewitz

23 July 1905–21 October 1992 (Age 87)
Coloma, Berrien, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Francis Gustavus

When Francis Gustavus Dorstewitz was born on 23 July 1905, in Coloma, Berrien, Michigan, United States, his father, Louis Dorstewitz, was 26 and his mother, Harriet Louise Furman, was 23. He married Eleanor Rosa Schmidt on 24 June 1939. He lived in Van Buren, Michigan, United States in 1935 and Antwerp Township, Van Buren, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 21 October 1992, in Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States.

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Francis Gustavus Dorstewitz
Eleanor Rosa Schmidt
Marriage: 24 June 1939

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  • Marriage
    24 June 1939
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    World Events (8)

    1906 · Saving Food Labels
    Age 1
    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
    1910 · Upper Twin Falls Bridge
    Age 5
    The Upper Twin Falls Bridge which connected Breitung Township, Michigan, to Florence County, Wisconsin. The through-truss bridge spanned the Menominee River and was completed in 1910. The bridge was closed to through traffic in 1971 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Age 24
    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

    equivalent of Italian Francesco , originally a vocabulary word meaning ‘French’ or ‘Frenchman’ (Late Latin Franciscus; compare Frank ). This was a nickname given to St Francis of Assisi ( 1181–1226 ) because of his wealthy father's business connections with France. His baptismal name was Giovanni . He had a pleasant, ordinary life as a child and young man, but after two serious illnesses, a period of military service, and a year as a prisoner of war in Perugia, he turned from the world and devoted himself to caring for the poor and sick. He was joined by groups of disciples, calling themselves ‘minor friars’ (friari minores). The main features of the Franciscan rule are humility, poverty, and love for all living creatures. The given name occurs occasionally in England as early as 1300 , and more frequently from the early 16th century, when there was a surge of admiration for, and imitation of, Italian Renaissance culture.

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

    Sources (12)

    • Francis G Dorstewitz in household of John C Mccurdy, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Francis G Dorstewitz, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940"
    • Frances Dorstewitz, "United States Census, 1940"

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