Dora Jessie Ames

Female28 February 1894–15 October 1967

Brief Life History of Dora Jessie

When Dora Jessie Ames was born on 28 February 1894, in Storm Lake, Buena Vista, Iowa, United States, her father, Alfred Reuben Ames, was 32 and her mother, Alma Louanna Sears, was 29. She married Harry Clarence Bentzinger on 4 February 1950, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States. She died on 15 October 1967, in Jerome, Jerome, Idaho, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Jerome Cemetery, Jerome, Idaho, United States.

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Harry Clarence Bentzinger
Dora Jessie Ames
Marriage: 4 February 1950

Sources (8)

  • Dora J Ames in household of Alfred R Ames, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Ames, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • Dora Ames, "Idaho Marriage Index, 1947-1961"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 February 1950Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 2

    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.


    Age 11

    EARLIEST KNWON GRAVE: John Kelly BIRTH 1833 DEATH 1905 (aged 71–72) BURIAL Jerome Cemetery Jerome, Jerome County, Idaho, USA PLOT grave:1-C-26 MEMORIAL ID 79208153

    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

    Age 22

    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.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form, Amice. The Old French word amis, is from Latin amicus ‘friend’, which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes, in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names, in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname.

    German: perhaps a nickname for an active person, from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’.

    Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland, an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.

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

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