Bessie Bell Thompson

28 May 1890–30 July 1985 (Age 95)
Carbonate, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Bessie Bell

When Bessie Bell Thompson was born on 28 May 1890, in Carbonate, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States, her father, David Reed Thompson, was 32 and her mother, Caroline Smith Johnston, was 25. She married Otto Elias Dodds on 21 August 1911, in Lawrence, South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Lawrence, South Dakota, United States for about 20 years. She died on 30 July 1985, in Spearfish, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Spearfish, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States.

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George W Dandrow
Bessie Bell Thompson
Marriage: 10 October 1921
Bessie Louise Dandrow
Georgia Ellen Dandrow

Spouse and Children

10 October 1921
Butte, South Dakota, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 8

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 26

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

1 English: patronymic from Thomas . Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.2 Americanized form of Thomsen .

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

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  • Mrs. Bessie Dodds in household of David R Thompson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Dandrow in household of George Dandrow, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Dandrow in household of George W Dandrow, "United States Census, 1930"

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