Lucien Van Elsen

17 October 1914–15 October 1994 (Age 80)
Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States

The Life of Lucien Van

When Lucien Van Elsen was born on 17 October 1914, in Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States, his father, Henry William Van Elsen, was 32 and his mother, Jeli Celia M. Damerval, was 28. He married Dorothy Leona Ellsworth on 25 June 1936, in Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States. He lived in Washington Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Harlingen, Cameron, Texas, United States in 1993. He died on 15 October 1994, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States.

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Lucien Van Elsen
Dorothy Leona Ellsworth
Marriage: 25 June 1936

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    Dorothy Leona Ellsworth


25 June 1936
Colfax, Jasper, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1917 · Camp Dodge

Age 3

Original construction of the Camp Dodge began in 1907 and was originally planned to provide a place for the National Guard units to train. In 1917, it was handed over to national authorities and expanded to become the regional training center for World War I forces. The Camp was named after Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, who organized Iowa's first National Guard unit. When the war ended, the camp was downsized and turned back over to the state until the start of World War II. Today, Camp Dodge has served only as a Guard and Reserve installation.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 21

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

Dutch:1. metronymic from a short form of the female personal name Elisabeth ( see Elizabeth ). 2. probably also a shortened form of van Elsen , a habitational name for someone from any of various places named Elzen, for example in North Brabant, or in the Belgian provinces of Brabant and Liège. Alternatively, it may be from van den Elsen , a topographic name from the plural of els ‘alder’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lucian Van Elzen, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Lucien Vanelsen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lucien Van Elsen in household of Henry Van Elsen, "United States Census, 1920"

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