Betty Lou Van Rennes

16 December 1929–30 October 1983 (Age 53)
Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Betty Lou

When Betty Lou Van Rennes was born on 16 December 1929, in Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa, United States, her father, Rijk Van Rennes, was 25 and her mother, Kate Drenth, was 24. She had at least 1 son with Frederick Forkenbrock. She lived in Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930 and Anaheim Judicial Township, Orange, California, United States in 1940. She died on 30 October 1983, at the age of 53, and was buried in Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa, United States.

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Frederick Forkenbrock
Betty Lou Van Rennes
Scott E Forkenbrock

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World Events (8)

Age 2
The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary
Age 5
Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1944 · The G.I Bill
Age 15
The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Vietnamese Anh, Thanh, Hung, Minh, Vinh, Dung, Hue, Huong, Lan, Quang, Tan, Thuy, Hong, Chi, Hang, Ho, Pok, Sang, Bai, Chin, Ching, Chu, Chuan, Dong.Vietnamese (Vạn): from the Chinese surname 萬, see Wan 1.Vietnamese (Văn): from the Chinese surnames 文 or 聞, see Wen 2 and 3, and also 5 below.

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

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Sources (4)

  • Betty Lou van Rennes, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Betty Lou Van Rennes, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Betty Lou Van Rennes in household of Richard Van Rennes, "United States Census, 1940"

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