Gilbert John Wetzel

23 April 1896–3 December 1985 (Age 89)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of Gilbert John

When Gilbert John Wetzel was born on 23 April 1896, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, John Henry Wetzel, was 32 and his mother, Ella Johanna Bastian, was 27. He married Aimee Louise Schmidt on 21 June 1920, in Scott, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 3 December 1985, in Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 89.

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Gilbert John Wetzel
Aimee Louise Schmidt
Marriage: 21 June 1920
Gilbert Charles Wetzel
Marilyn Wetzel

Spouse and Children

21 June 1920
Scott, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Ella Johanna Bastian




World Events (8)

1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

Age 1

The Loop was born in political scandal that combined the three elevated railways around Chicago and combined them into one. The scandal was to raise the fares for commuters so state legislators could receive more money while in office. 
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Age 24

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

German: from a pet form of Wenzel .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gilbert Wetzel, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gilbert J Wetzel in household of John H Wetzel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Gilbert J Wetzel, "United States Census, 1930"

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