Gordon Edwin Close

5 December 1924–10 October 1999 (Age 74)
Byron, Olmsted, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Gordon Edwin

When Gordon Edwin Close was born on 5 December 1924, in Byron, Olmsted, Minnesota, United States, his father, Edwin Gideon Close, was 43 and his mother, Petrina Kristine Haagenson, was 41. He died on 10 October 1999, in Bemidji, Beltrami, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Olmsted, Minnesota, United States.

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Edwin Gideon Close
Petrina Kristine Haagenson
Victor Lynn Close
Babe Close
Mary Loretta Close
Donald Leighton Close
Gordon Edwin Close

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 5

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.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some sort, such as a courtyard set back from the main street or a farmyard, from Middle English clos(e) (Old French clos, from Late Latin clausum, past participle of claudere ‘to close’).2 English: from Middle English clos(e) ‘secret’, applied as a nickname for a reserved or secretive person.3 Dutch: variant of Claeys .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gordon Close in household of Edwin Close, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gordon E Close in household of Edwin G Close, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gordon Close, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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