Helen Elizabeth Switzer

5 October 1911–21 May 1998 (Age 86)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life Summary of Helen Elizabeth

When Helen Elizabeth Switzer was born on 5 October 1911, in Oklahoma, United States, her father, Lemuel Washington Switzer, was 57 and her mother, Elizabeth Temperance Hervey, was 41. She married James Hamilton Goold on 28 September 1941, in Alameda, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 21 May 1998, in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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James Hamilton Goold
Helen Elizabeth Switzer
Marriage: 28 September 1941
Hervery MacKenzie Goold

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  • Marriage
    28 September 1941Alameda, California, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1912 · The Girl Scouts
    Age 1
    Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
    1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion
    Age 6
    A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
    1935 · The FBI is Established
    Age 24
    The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Sweetser , in a spelling reflecting a false association with the English word Switzer ‘Swiss man’. The earliest record of Switzer as an English word denoting a Swiss person is from 1577. It is unlikely that this word independently gave rise to an English surname, but it was evidently used to render the German name Schweitzer , borne by some of the ‘poor Palatines’, Protestant refugees from southwestern Germany, who landed in London in 1709. From there they were shipped to the New World (especially New York) and to Ireland, where they were mostly settled in County Limerick.Anglicized or Americanized form of German Schweitzer ‘Swiss man’ or Swiss German Schwyzer, a habitational name for someone from the city or canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. It is also found in Ireland (see 1 above).

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

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