Irene Fennell

1905–1991 (Age 86)
Michigan, United States

The Life of Irene

When Irene Fennell was born in 1905, in Michigan, United States, her father, Joseph A Fennell, was 39 and her mother, Mary Alma Cummins, was 38. She had at least 2 daughters with Lester Leverne Wagner. She lived in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada in 1911 and Fawn River, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died in 1991, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Burr Oak Township Cemetery, Burr Oak, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lester Leverne Wagner
Irene Fennell
Beryl I Wagner
Mary A Wagner

Spouse and Children




    Mary A Wagner


Parents and Siblings

    Joseph A Fennell


    Mary Alma Cummins




    Alma Fennell


    Ralph Fennell



    Zella May Fennell


    Delbert Fennell


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 1

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.

Age 24

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of fennel (Old English finugle, fenol, from Late Latin fenuculum). Fennel was widely used in the Middle Ages as a herb for seasoning. The surname may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a place where the herb grew or was grown.2 English: Reaney also identifies this as a derivative of Fitz Neal ‘son of Neal’, citing as an example Fennells Wood, a place name recorded in 1391 as Fenelgrove and named for a Robert FitzNeel ( 1283 ).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fionnghail ‘descendant of Fionnghal ’, a personal name composed of the elements fionn ‘fair’, ‘white’ + gal ‘valor’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Irene Wagner in household of Vernon Wagner, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Irene Fennell in household of Joseph A Fennell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Irene Fennell in household of Joseph Fennell, "United States Census, 1910"

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