Kirsten Skou Petersen

15 July 1918–2 July 2011 (Age 93)
Varde, Ribe, Denmark

The Life of Kirsten

When Kirsten Skou Petersen was born on 15 July 1918, in Varde, Ribe, Denmark, her father, Peter Skou Petersen, was 33 and her mother, Mette Marie Agnes Martha Madsen, was 34. She married Terje Schiller on 5 December 1943. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Kolding, Brejning, Ringkøbing, Denmark in 1930. She died on 2 July 2011, in Turlock, Stanislaus, California, United States, at the age of 92.

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Terje Schiller
Kirsten Skou Petersen
Marriage: 5 December 1943
Merete Schiller

Spouse and Children

5 December 1943


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 16

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 26

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

Polish, Czech, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Slavic skop ‘wether’, ‘castrated ram’. The Polish word has other meanings, denoting for example a pail and a kind of tax; the surname could also have originated with one of these senses, i.e. as an occupational name either for a maker of pails or for a tax collector.

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

Sources (3)

  • Kirsten Skou Petersen Schiller in household of Jerje Schiller, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Kirsten Skon Petersen in household of Peter Skon Petersen, "Denmark Census, 1930"
  • Kirsten Skon Petersen in household of Peter Skon Petersen, "Denmark Census, 1925"

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