Oliver Benjamin Fortney

14 August 1898–16 October 1987 (Age 89)
Hatton, Traill, North Dakota, United States

The Life of Oliver Benjamin

When Oliver Benjamin Fortney was born on 14 August 1898, in Hatton, Traill, North Dakota, United States, his father, Sølfest Olson Fortney, was 44 and his mother, Else Olsdotter Groenen, was 39. He married Helen Dorthy Ballweber on 11 June 1925, in Anaheim, Orange, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Garfield Township, Traill, North Dakota, United States in 1900. He died on 16 October 1987, in Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in California, United States.

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Oliver Benjamin Fortney
Helen Dorthy Ballweber
Marriage: 11 June 1925
Donald Benjamin Fortney

Spouse and Children

11 June 1925
Anaheim, Orange, California, United States


    Donald Benjamin Fortney


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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 8

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 25

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized form of German Pförtner ( see Fortner ).2 Americanized form of the Norwegian habitational name Fortun .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (2)

  • Benjamin Fortney in household of Solfest Fortney, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Olive Benjamin Fortney, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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