Blanche Elma Gidcumb

1902–1985 (Age 82)
Advance, Stoddard, Missouri, United States

The Life of Blanche Elma

When Blanche Elma Gidcumb was born on 3 June 1902, in Advance, Stoddard, Missouri, United States, her father, William Henry Gidcumb, was 30 and her mother, Dora Beatrice Shea, was 23. She married Martin Franklin Rodocker about 1922, in Sullivan, Hamilton Township, Sullivan, Indiana, United States. She lived in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States for about 5 years and Bloomfield Township, Oakland, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 19 January 1985, in Holly, Oakland, Michigan, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Blanc, Genesee, Michigan, United States.

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Thomas H. Rapson
Blanche Elma Gidcumb
Marriage: 2 June 1932
Dennis Leroy Rapson

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2 June 1932
Bowling Green, Wood, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 1

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

Age 25

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

Probably of English origin. It appears to be a habitational name formed with Old English cumb ‘combe’, ‘valley’; however, no likely source has been identified, and the surname is not found in England. In the U.S., there are clusters of this name in IL and KY.

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

Sources (3)

  • Blanche E Gidcumb in household of William H Gidcumb, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Blanche E Gidcumb in household of William H Gidcumb, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Blanch E Gidcumb in household of William Gidcumb, "United States Census, 1930"

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