Dorothy Caroline Nelson

12 February 1920–2 November 2006 (Age 86)
Stella, Cowlitz, Washington, United States

The Life of Dorothy Caroline

When Dorothy Caroline Nelson was born on 12 February 1920, in Stella, Cowlitz, Washington, United States, her father, Albin Arthur Nelson, was 31 and her mother, Hattie Bernette Woollen, was 21. She married Warren Marvin Hall DeVoe on 8 June 1947, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States. She lived in Cowlitz, Washington, United States in 1935 and Election Precinct 24 West, Cowlitz, Washington, United States in 1940. She died on 2 November 2006, in Aloha, Washington, Oregon, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Longview, Cowlitz, Washington, United States.

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John Simpleton Jack Sisson
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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 20

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.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

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

1 English and Scottish: patronymic from the medieval personal name Nel or Neal, Anglo-Scandinavian forms of the Gaelic name Niall ( see Neill ). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic.2 Americanized spelling of the like-sounding Scandinavian names Nilsen , Nielsen , and Nilsson .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dorothy Sisson in household of Jack Sisson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dorothy C Nelson in household of Albin A Nelson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Dorothy Nelson in entry for Gary Lee Sisson Devoe, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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