Iva Belle Ford

1 August 1893–21 June 1978 (Age 84)
Cooper, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Iva Belle

Iva Belle Ford was born on 1 August 1893, in Cooper, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States as the daughter of Andrew Francis Ford and Hattie Stone. She married William Lewis Walls on 31 October 1910, in Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Dayton, Columbia, Washington, United States for about 10 years. She died on 21 June 1978, in Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 84.

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Family Time Line

William Lewis Walls
Iva Belle Ford
Marriage: 31 October 1910
Lester William Walls
James Walls

Spouse and Children

31 October 1910
Walla Walla, Walla Walla, Washington, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Andrew Francis Ford


    Hattie Stone





    Raymond Francis Ford


    Mildred Ford


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 13

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford, Middle English, Old English ford, or a habitational name from one of the many places named with this word, such as Ford in Northumberland, Shropshire, and West Sussex, or Forde in Dorset.2 Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names, for example Mac Giolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na Naomh ’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha ’ (a personal name composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin ( see Foran ).3 Jewish: Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Iva Walle in household of William Walle, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Isabelle Walls in household of Herrick Thompson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Iva Walls in entry for William Lester Walls, "Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965"

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