Ethel Mary Seamon Spencer

6 February 1914–6 August 2003 (Age 89)
Sisters, Deschutes, Oregon, United States

The Life Summary of Ethel Mary

When Ethel Mary Seamon Spencer was born on 6 February 1914, in Sisters, Crook, Oregon, United States, her father, Cecil Herman Seaman, was 21 and her mother, Gladys G. Duvall, was 17. She married Gerald Whitcomb Riley on 10 August 1935, in Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, United States. She lived in Oakville, Grays Harbor, Washington, United States in 1930 and Centralia Election Precinct, Lewis, Washington, United States in 1940. She died on 6 August 2003, in Lane, Oregon, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Leaburg, Lane, Oregon, United States.

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Gerald Whitcomb Riley
Ethel Mary Seamon Spencer
Marriage: 10 August 1935

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  • Marriage
    10 August 1935Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 2
    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.
    Age 3
    Historical Boundaries 1888: Crook, Oregon, United States 1917: Deschutes, Oregon, United States
    Age 26
    Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

    Name Meaning

    English (Derbyshire): variant of Seaman .

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

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    Sources (18)

    • Ethel Seeman, "Oregon, Center for Health Statistics, Birth Records, 1903-1918"
    • Ethel M Seeman in household of Herman Seeman, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Ethel M. Spencer in entry for Brian Albert Riley, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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