Bertha E. Beam

4 March 1893–8 August 1977 (Age 84)

The Life of Bertha E.

When Bertha E. Beam was born on 4 March 1893, in Canada, her father, Ludwig Beam, was 42 and her mother, Paulina Conrad, was 32. She married Henry S. Sommer on 24 August 1922, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States. She lived in Elgin, Union, Oregon, United States in 1930 and Elgin Election Precinct 1, Union, Oregon, United States in 1940. She died on 8 August 1977, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 84.

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Henry S. Sommer
Bertha E. Beam
Marriage: 24 August 1922

Spouse and Children

    Henry S. Sommer



24 August 1922
Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Ludwig Beam


    Paulina Conrad




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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1897 · Seattle Grows Quickly

Age 4

The Klondike gold rush started in 1896 in Canada, but by 1897 as miners started moving and following the gold it caused for Seattle to rapidly grow as more miners joined the search for gold.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old English bēam ‘beam’, ‘post’, a term with various applications. It denoted the beam of a loom and was therefore in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a weaver. In others it was a topographic name for someone who lived by a post or tree, or by a footbridge made from a tree trunk.2 Americanized form of German Boehm , or sometimes of Baum .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bertha Summers in household of Henrey Summers, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bertha Sommer in household of Henry Sommer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bertha Beam, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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