Olive Elizabeth Shanks

1 March 1902–18 November 1994 (Age 92)
Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan, United States

The Life of Olive Elizabeth

When Olive Elizabeth Shanks was born on 1 March 1902, in Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan, United States, her father, Carl Shanks, was 24 and her mother, Lettie Philliber, was 21. She married Harry A Benson on 24 April 1920, in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States. She lived in Elkhart, Elkhart, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States in 1920. She died on 18 November 1994, in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United States.

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Harry A Benson
Olive Elizabeth Shanks
Marriage: 24 April 1920

Spouse and Children

24 April 1920
Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 1

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

Age 25

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: nickname for someone with long legs or some peculiarity of gait, from Old English sceanca ‘shin bone’, ‘leg’. This vocabulary word was preserved in Scotland, whereas in England it was replaced by Old Norse leggr.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Olive Shanks in household of Mable K Brackett, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Olive E Shanks in household of Carl Shanks, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Olive Shire in household of Merton Shire, "United States Census, 1940"

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