John Kessler Jr.

19 May 1913–7 June 1981 (Age 68)
Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States

The Life of John

When John Kessler Jr. was born on 19 May 1913, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Kessler, was 27 and his mother, Mary Kelly, was 25. He married Carolina Catherine Donini on 1 May 1942, in Comanche, Oklahoma, United States. He lived in Mercer, New Jersey, United States in 1920. He died on 7 June 1981, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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John Kessler Jr.
Carolina Catherine Donini
Marriage: 1 May 1942

Spouse and Children

1 May 1942
Comanche, Oklahoma, United States

Parents and Siblings

    John Kessler


    Mary Kelly




    Ella Elizabeth Kessler



    Jean Kessler


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 3

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.

Age 18

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maker of copper cooking vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle High German kezzel ‘kettle’, ‘cauldron’, Middle Dutch ketel, modern German Kessel.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Kessler in household of John Kessler, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Kessler in household of John Kessler, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Kessler in household of John Kessler, "United States Census, 1940"

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