Bernice Martha Plagens

Female1 September 1930–24 October 2019

Brief Life History of Bernice Martha

When Bernice Martha Plagens was born on 1 September 1930, in Otto, Falls, Texas, United States, her father, Herman Gus Plagens, was 19 and her mother, Selma Elsie Feller, was 21. She married Paul Witt Self on 20 December 1969, in McLennan, Texas, United States. She lived in McLennan, Texas, United States in 1935 and Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 24 October 2019, at the age of 89, and was buried in Waco, McLennan, Texas, United States.

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Paul Witt Self
Bernice Martha Plagens
Marriage: 20 December 1969

Sources (7)

  • Bernice Plagens in household of Herman Plagens, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bernice Plagens, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"
  • Bernice M Plagens, "Texas Marriages, 1966-2010"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 December 1969McLennan, Texas, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

    1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

    Age 19

    One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

    1954 · Right to Serve on Juries

    Age 24

    In 1954, women finally won the right to serve on juries.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Erwin, Otto, Siegfried.

    German: variant of Plage (see Plageman 2).

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

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