Bertha Kraft

15 March 1919–1 May 1998 (Age 79)
Hague, Emmons, North Dakota, United States

The Life of Bertha

When Bertha Kraft was born on 15 March 1919, in Hague, Emmons, North Dakota, United States, her father, John Ferdinand Kraft, was 32 and her mother, Christina Marie Schweitzer, was 26. She married Martin Vetsch on 26 September 1938, in Yakima, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Dewey, South Dakota, United States in 1930. She died on 1 May 1998, in Yakima, Yakima, Washington, United States, at the age of 79.

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Martin Vetsch
Bertha Kraft
Marriage: 26 September 1938
James Martin Vetsch

Spouse and Children

26 September 1938
Yakima, Washington, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 21

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Name Meaning

German (also Kräft), Danish, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a strong man, from Old High German kraft, German Kraft ‘strength’, ‘power’. The Swedish name probably originated as a soldier's name. In part the German and Danish names possibly also derive from a late survival of the same word used as a byname, Old High German Chraft(o), Old Norse Kraptr.

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

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  • Bertha Kraft in household of John Kraft, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bertha Kraft in household of John Kraft, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bertha Vetsch in household of Martin Vetsch, "United States Census, 1940"

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