Bessie Mae Dees

15 December 1917–4 June 2004 (Age 86)
Camp Stockton, Pecos, Texas, United States

The Life of Bessie Mae

When Bessie Mae Dees was born on 15 December 1917, in Camp Stockton, Pecos, Texas, United States, her father, William Arthur Dees, was 30 and her mother, Josephine Ellen Cloud, was 26. She married Arthur Ewell Dark Sr on 21 December 1938, in New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Wilgus, Cochise, Arizona, United States in 1930 and Supervisorial District 1, Pima, Arizona, United States in 1940. She died on 4 June 2004, in Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States.

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Arthur Ewell Dark Sr
Bessie Mae Dees
Marriage: 21 December 1938
Arthur Ewell Dark Jr

Spouse and Children

    Arthur Ewell Dark Sr



21 December 1938
New Mexico, United States


    Arthur Ewell Dark Jr


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 12

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant spelling of Deas .2 Dutch: patronymic from a short form of the personal name Desiderius.3 German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäs, a variant of Matthäus ( see Matthew ), or in some instances an Americanized spelling of Diess ( see Dies ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Mae Dark in household of Arthur Dark, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bossie Mae Dees in household of Will Dees, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie M Dees in household of Willie A Dees, "United States Census, 1920"

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