James Francis Gretten

4 December 1914–23 February 1996 (Age 81)
Monroe, Iowa, United States

The Life of James Francis

When James Francis Gretten was born on 4 December 1914, his father, Henry Oliver Gretten, was 33 and his mother, Della Cora Cottrell, was 29. He lived in Chariton, Lucas, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 23 February 1996, at the age of 81.

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James Francis Gretten
Carrie Isabella Brown

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

    Henry Oliver Gretten


    Della Cora Cottrell




    Jesse Irven Gretten


    Henry Arnold Gretton



World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1917 · Camp Dodge

Age 3

Original construction of the Camp Dodge began in 1907 and was originally planned to provide a place for the National Guard units to train. In 1917, it was handed over to national authorities and expanded to become the regional training center for World War I forces. The Camp was named after Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, who organized Iowa's first National Guard unit. When the war ended, the camp was downsized and turned back over to the state until the start of World War II. Today, Camp Dodge has served only as a Guard and Reserve installation.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 23

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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Sources (3)

  • James F Gretten, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • J Francis Gretten in household of Albert J Lingren, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Francis Gretten, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"

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