Florence Viola Smelser

2 March 1902–31 May 1986 (Age 84)
Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States

The Life of Florence Viola

When Florence Viola Smelser was born on 2 March 1902, in Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States, her father, Thomas Melvin Smeltzer, was 30 and her mother, Rebecca Jestina Andrews, was 18. She married George Oscar Durkee on 18 February 1920, in Tabor, Fremont, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Green Township, Fremont, Iowa, United States in 1915 and Pacific Junction, Mills, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 31 May 1986, at the age of 84, and was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States.

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George Oscar Durkee
Florence Viola Smelser
Marriage: 18 February 1920
Ruby Katherine Durkee
Melvin Charles Durkee
Wanda Jesse Durkee
George Marvin Durkee
Elta Ruth Durkee
Donald Dean Durkee
Dorothy Delsie Durkee
Doris Mardell Durkee

Spouse and Children

18 February 1920
Tabor, Fremont, Iowa, United States


    Ruby Katherine Durkee


    Melvin Charles Durkee


    Wanda Jesse Durkee


    George Marvin Durkee


    Elta Ruth Durkee


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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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 11

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 24

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schmelzer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Florence Smelser, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Florrence Smelser, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Florence Durkee in household of George O Durkee, "United States Census, 1940"

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