Wilma Elizabeth Broe

6 November 1916–19 October 2003 (Age 87)
Arlington, Snohomish, Washington, United States

The Life of Wilma Elizabeth

When Wilma Elizabeth Broe was born on 6 November 1916, in Arlington, Snohomish, Washington, United States, her father, Sigurd W Broe, was 30 and her mother, Ruth Mary Anderson, was 20. She married Erle Oscar Kirkevold on 21 November 1940, in Snohomish, Washington, United States. She lived in Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1935 and Arlington Election Precinct, Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1940. She died on 19 October 2003, in Mount Vernon, Skagit, Washington, United States, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Erle Oscar Kirkevold
Wilma Elizabeth Broe
Marriage: 21 November 1940

Spouse and Children

21 November 1940
Snohomish, Washington, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Sigurd W Broe


    Ruth Mary Anderson




World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · Fort Lewis is Established

Age 1

Fort Lewis military base was established in 1917, in Tacoma, Washington. It was named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It used to be one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the US. In February 2010, it merged with McChord Air Force Base. 
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 24

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: variant spelling of Brew .2 Americanized spelling of French Braud .3 Altered spelling of Scandinavian Bro .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Wilma E Broe in household of Fred A Sullivan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wilma E Broe in household of Fred A Sullivan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Wilma Broe in household of Sigurd Broe, "United States Census, 1920"

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