Vira Belle Gandy

2 October 1899–9 February 1953 (Age 53)
Montour, Tama, Iowa, United States

The Life of Vira Belle

When Vira Belle Gandy was born on 2 October 1899, in Montour, Tama, Iowa, United States, her father, George Washington Gandy, was 28 and her mother, Pearl Permelia Levis, was 19. She lived in Carlton Township, Hand, South Dakota, United States in 1930 and Blunt, Hughes, South Dakota, United States in 1935. She died on 9 February 1953, in Pierre, Hughes, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Blunt, Hughes, South Dakota, United States.

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George Washington Gandy
Pearl Permelia Levis
Cora Marie Gandy
Vira Belle Gandy
Iola Ruth Gandy
Alta Elizabeth Gandy
Edna Georgia Gandy
Marvin Elias Gandy
Ralph Arden Gandy
George Curtis Gandy
Mildred Irene Gandy

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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 14

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 17

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): of uncertain origin. The most plausible suggestion is that it is a nickname for someone who was in the habit of wearing gloves, from Old French ganté, a derivative of gant ‘glove’ ( see Gant ) or an occupational name for a glove-maker, Old French gantier. However, a certain Hugh de Gandy was High Sheriff of Devon in 1167 ; it is possible that his surname is a habitational name from some unidentified place in France or even from Ghent in Flanders ( see Gaunt 1).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Vira Gandy, "South Dakota State Census, 1925"
  • Vira Gandy, "South Dakota State Census, 1935"
  • Vira Bell Gandy, "Iowa State Census, 1905"

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