Rosa Ellen Summers

27 July 1889–1964 (Age 74)
Silver City, Mills, Iowa, United States

The Life of Rosa Ellen

When Rosa Ellen Summers was born on 27 July 1889, in Silver City, Mills, Iowa, United States, her father, William Henry Summers, was 29 and her mother, Julia Ann Hunsinger, was 25. She married Selmer Earl Swaney on 4 December 1912, in Mills, Iowa, United States. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died in 1964, at the age of 75, and was buried in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Selmer Earl Swaney
Rosa Ellen Summers
Marriage: 4 December 1912

Spouse and Children

    Selmer Earl Swaney



4 December 1912
Mills, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 1

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 20

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Summer 1.2 Irish (Sligo): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Somacháin ‘descendant of Somachán’, a nickname meaning ‘gentle’, ‘innocent’.3 Americanized form of some likesounding Ashkenazic Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rose Swanay in household of Selmer Swanay, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ellen Summers, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Rosa E Swaney in household of Selmer Swaney, "United States Census, 1940"

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