Bertha Ellen Kells

Brief Life History of Bertha Ellen

When Bertha Ellen Kells was born on 16 August 1874, in Melrose, Stearns, Minnesota, United States, her father, Stephen Avery Kells, was 30 and her mother, Martha Jane Riggle, was 20. She married Simon William Walz on 15 November 1894, in Stearns, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Morris, Stevens, Minnesota, United States in 1920. She died on 16 January 1943, in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Simon William Walz
1870–1947
Bertha Ellen Kells
1874–1943
Marriage: 15 November 1894
Lawrence John Walz
1897–1950
Isabella Martha Walz
1899–1975
Evangeline J Walz
1905–1995
Ernestine Marie Walz
1908–1995

Sources (15)

  • Bertha Walz in household of Alice H Hall, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Bertha Kells - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Bertha Kells
  • Bertha Kells, "Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1884 · Iron Mining starts in Minnesota

After discovering iron ore in the Vermilion Range in North-East of Minnesota, iron mining companies began to come to the area and caused an economic boom to the area of Duluth and to the state as a whole.

1893 · The Minnesota State Flag

The Flag of Minnesota was adopted on August 2 and consists of scenes from the seal of Minnesota. The flag has been modified over the years to be easier to manufacture.

Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: from a personal name based on Old Norse ketill ‘sacrificial cauldron, helmet’, with post-medieval excrescent English -s. In Scotland, it may also be of topographic origin, from a place called as ‘the cauldron’.

English: variant of Kell , with post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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