Duane Arthur Bignall

17 February 1925–March 1995 (Age 70)
Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Duane Arthur

When Duane Arthur Bignall was born on 17 February 1925, his father, Herman Bignall, was 28 and his mother, Hazel Blanche Simons, was 27. He married Angeline Pauline Froembgen about 1947, in Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Aitkin, Minnesota, United States in 1935 and Township 52 Range 25, Aitkin, Minnesota, United States in 1940. He died in March 1995, in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 70.

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Duane Arthur Bignall
Angeline Pauline Froembgen
Marriage: about 1947
Barney Alan Bignall

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    Angeline Pauline Froembgen


about 1947
Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, United States


    Barney Alan Bignall


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 6

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 19

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:1. habitational name from Bignell near Bicester, Oxfordshire, so named with an Old English personal name Bicga + Old English hyll ‘hill’. 2. variant of Bicknell .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Duane Bignall in household of Hermon Bignall, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Duane A Bignall in household of Herman Bignall, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Duane in entry for Angeline P Or Angie Bignall, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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