Mary Frances Harper

Brief Life History of Mary Frances

When Mary Frances Harper was born on 9 November 1891, in Sherman, Grayson, Texas, United States, her father, Stacker D. Harper, was 31 and her mother, Jessie Lee Riddle, was 24. She married Leo Edward Hellinghausen on 3 August 1916, in Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1940 and Breckenridge, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1950. She died on 15 April 1985, in Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Breckenridge, McLennan, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leo Edward Hellinghausen
1891–1973
Mary Frances Harper
1891–1985
Marriage: 3 August 1916
Leo Edward Hellinghausen Jr.
1920–1993
James Hellinghausen
1925–1979

Sources (11)

  • Mary F Hellinghouser, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Mary Frances Hellinghausen, "Texas Death Index, 1964-1998"
  • Francis Harper in entry for Leo F Hellinghausen, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

World Events (8)

1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

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.

Name Meaning

English (Staffordshire), Scottish, Irish (Antrim and Down), and Dutch: occupational name for a player on the harp, from Middle English harper(e) ‘harper’ (Old English hearpere) and Middle Dutch harper, herper. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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