Bertha Ola Bell

20 January 1909–24 July 1985 (Age 76)
Oregon, Missouri, United States

The Life of Bertha Ola

When Bertha Ola Bell was born on 20 January 1909, in Oregon, Missouri, United States, her father, Edward S Bell, was 33 and her mother, Louiza Sifford, was 33. She married Russell William Gray on 23 March 1940. She lived in Woodside, Oregon, Missouri, United States for about 20 years. She died on 24 July 1985, in Alton, Oregon, Missouri, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Woodside Township, Oregon, Missouri, United States.

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Russell William Gray
Bertha Ola Bell
Marriage: 23 March 1940

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23 March 1940

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World Events (8)

1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 1

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.
1910 · The Mann Act

Age 1

This Act makes engaging in transport of any woman for any immoral purpose, prostitution, illegal. Its primary intent was to address prostitution, immorality, and human trafficking, particularly where trafficking was for the purposes of prostitution.

Age 20

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

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

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  • Bertha Bell in household of Ed Bell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bertha O Bell in household of Ed Bell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bertha Bell in household of Ed Bell, "United States Census, 1910"

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