Elise Cummer

7 March 1892–23 March 1953 (Age 61)
Dubuque, Iowa, United States

The Life of Elise

When Elise Cummer was born on 7 March 1892, in Dubuque, Iowa, United States, her father, Albert Cummer, was 34 and her mother, Margaret Rettenmeier, was 27. She married Jacob Gassmann on 7 May 1911, in Dubuque, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Jefferson Township, Dubuque, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 23 March 1953, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Jacob Gassmann
Elise Cummer
Marriage: 7 May 1911
Mildred Margaret Gassman
Marie Gassmann
Jacob N. Gassmann
Ruth Gassman
Marvin F Gassman

Spouse and Children

7 May 1911
Dubuque, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Albert Cummer


    Margaret Rettenmeier




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 6

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.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 17

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

German (Frisian): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hugi ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + mari ‘famous’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Elsie Gassman in household of Jake Gassman, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elsie Gassman in household of Jake Gassman, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Elsie Gassman in household of Jake Gassman, "United States Census, 1940"

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