Olive Bessie Wood

9 December 1907–1 August 1995 (Age 87)
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States

The Life of Olive Bessie

When Olive Bessie Wood was born on 9 December 1907, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, her father, John J Wood, was 28 and her mother, Alice Smith, was 20. She died on 1 August 1995, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 87.

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William Baker
Olive Bessie Wood

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

    John J Wood


    Alice Smith




World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1910 · Upper Twin Falls Bridge

Age 3

The Upper Twin Falls Bridge which connected Breitung Township, Michigan, to Florence County, Wisconsin. The through-truss bridge spanned the Menominee River and was completed in 1910. The bridge was closed to through traffic in 1971 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Age 24

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:1. mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). 2. nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wōd ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wād), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221 .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Wood in household of John Wood, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie in entry for William Baker, "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Olive Bessie Wood - Published information: birth-name: Olive Bessie Wood

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