Mabel Reiff Dorn

15 May 1900–June 1985 (Age 85)
Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Mabel Reiff

When Mabel Reiff Dorn was born on 15 May 1900, in Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Wallace Wagner Dorn, was 21 and her mother, Alice Gottshall Reiff, was 19. She had at least 2 daughters with Howard Shoemaker. She lived in Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930 and Granville Township, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. She died in June 1985, in Souderton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 85.

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Howard Shoemaker
Mabel Reiff Dorn
Sara Dorn Shoemaker
Madeline Dorn Shoemaker

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    Alice Gottshall Reiff




World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 1

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.
1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 5

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 23

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

Name Meaning

1 German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or thorn hedge, from Middle High German dorn ‘thorn’, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Dorn ‘thorn’.3 Czech: see Dornak .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mabel R Shoemaker in household of Howard F Shoemaker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mabel Shumaker in household of Howard W Shumaker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mabel Shoemaker in household of Howard Shoemaker, "United States Census, 1940"

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