Bessie Nez

15 May 1913–7 May 2010 (Age 97)
Crownpoint, McKinley, New Mexico, United States

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Nez was born on 15 May 1913, in Crownpoint, McKinley, New Mexico, United States, her father, HOSTEEN NEZ, was 43 and her mother, Ship- Bah Gray, was 31. She died on 7 May 2010, in Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Crownpoint, McKinley, New Mexico, United States.

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Ship- Bah Gray
Bessie Nez
Francis Nez

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    Francis Nez


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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.
1923 · Oil is Discovered on the Navajo Reservation

Age 10

Oil was discovered on the Navajo Reservation in the 1920's. The Navajos did not want to lease any of the land towards the exploration for oil and gas. They were soon made a deal that they would be hired for all unskilled work if they would lease the land and, reluctantly, they gave in. Albert Fall, a Senator from New Mexico and was extremely hostile towards Indian rights.
1940 · Roosevelt County Museum Opens

Age 27

Six years after Eastern New Mexico University opened, the Roosevelt County Museum opened on the campus. The museum exhibits artifacts going back to the time of the early settlers and the Native Americans. It portrays the customs, folklore, technology, and more.

Name Meaning

French: from nez ‘nose’, applied as a nickname for someone with a big or otherwise remarkable nose.

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

Sources (2)

  • Bessie Nez, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Bessie Nez, "Find A Grave Index"

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