Viola Frances Swank

1893–1957 (Age 64)
Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Viola Frances

When Viola Frances Swank was born on 17 January 1893, in Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States, her father, Jacob Benjamin Swank, was 24 and her mother, Millie Frances Irvin, was 20. She married Grant Griffee on 9 December 1914, in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Marshall, Kansas, United States in 1935 and Walnut Township, Marshall, Kansas, United States in 1940. She died on 24 October 1957, in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Marysville Cemetery, Marysville, Marshall, Kansas, United States.

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Viola Frances Swank
Grant Griffee
Marriage: 9 December 1914
Marshall Griffee
Lorraine C Griffee
Juanita H Griffee
Anna Eilene Griffee
Gene Arthur GRIFFEE
Gilbert G Griffee

Spouse & Children

9 December 1914
Marysville, Marshall, Kansas, United States


  • Marshall Griffee


  • Lorraine C Griffee


  • Juanita H Griffee


  • Anna Eilene Griffee


  • Gene Arthur GRIFFEE


+1 More Child

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+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 5

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.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 17

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schwank or Schwenk .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Viola Swank in household of J B Swank, "Kansas State Census, 1895"
  • Grabt Griffee in household of Frank Griffee, "Kansas State Census, 1915"
  • Viola Griffee in household of Grant Griffee, "Kansas State Census, 1925"

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