Ellen Elizabeth Jenks

14 February 1923–14 July 2002 (Age 79)
Fresno, Fresno, California, United States

The Life of Ellen Elizabeth

When Ellen Elizabeth Jenks was born on 14 February 1923, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, her father, Frank Darwin Jenks, was 26 and her mother, Alice Ellis, was 23. She lived in Judicial Township 3, Fresno, California, United States in 1940 and Fresno, California, United States in 2002. She died on 14 July 2002, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Frank Darwin Jenks
Alice Ellis
Frank Scott Jenks
Ellen Elizabeth Jenks

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 11

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 21

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

English (also found in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ellen Jenks in household of Frank Jenks, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ellen E Jenks in household of Frank D Jenks, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ellen Jenks in entry for Harley or Snooky Snook, "California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997"

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