Bessie May Donley

June 1896–28 May 1930 (Age 34)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of Bessie May

When Bessie May Donley was born in June 1896, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, her father, Joseph Donley, was 23 and her mother, Emily Gebbitt, was 21. She married John Fredrick Sullivan on 7 June 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 28 May 1930, in Chula Vista, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 33.

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John Fredrick Sullivan
Bessie May Donley
Marriage: 7 June 1916
John Fredrick Sullivan Jr.

Spouse and Children

7 June 1916
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


    John Fredrick Sullivan Jr.


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

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.
1899 · The Salt Palace Convention Center

Age 3

The original Salt Palace was built in 1899 and It stood on 900 South, between State Street and Main Street. The Salt Palace was a frame structure covered in large pieces of rock salt, which gave it its name. The Salt Palace was destroyed by fire on August 29, 1910 and was replaced by the Majestic Hall. This Hall only lasted for a while during the remodel of the Salt Palace. The Salt Palace served as the Olympic Media Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake Comic Con has been held at the Salt Palace Convention Center since September 2013.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 10

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

Irish: probably a reduced form of Donnelly .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie M Danley in household of Joseph Danley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Sullivan in household of John F Sullivan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Sullivan in household of John F Sullivan, "United States Census, 1930"

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