Wilhelmina Frank

28 October 1904–29 December 1996 (Age 92)
Sutton, Clay, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Wilhelmina

When Wilhelmina Frank was born on 28 October 1904, in Sutton, Clay, Nebraska, United States, her father, Friedrich Frank, was 40 and her mother, Elisabeth Fehr, was 40. She married Nathan Griess on 6 February 1925. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Union Township, Gregory, South Dakota, United States in 1920 and School Creek Township, Clay, Nebraska, United States in 1940. She died on 29 December 1996, in Sutton, Clay, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Sutton, Clay, Nebraska, United States.

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Nathan Griess
Wilhelmina Frank
Marriage: 6 February 1925
Willard Nathan Griess
Dorothy Ann Griess

Spouse and Children

    Nathan Griess



6 February 1925


Parents and Siblings

    Friedrich Frank





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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Licencing Butchers

Age 2

A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.

Age 25

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.

Name Meaning

1 German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Czech, Hungarian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic or regional name for someone from Franconia (German Franken), a region of southwestern Germany so called from its early settlement by the Franks, a Germanic people who inhabited the lands around the river Rhine in Roman times. In the 6th–9th centuries, under leaders such as Clovis I ( c. 466–511 ) and Charlemagne ( 742–814 ), the Franks established a substantial empire in western Europe, from which the country of France takes its name. The term Frank in eastern Mediterranean countries was used, in various vernacular forms, to denote the Crusaders and their descendants, and the American surname may also be an Americanized form of such a form.2 English, Dutch, German, etc.: from the personal name Frank, in origin an ethnic name for a Frank. This also came be used as an adjective meaning ‘free’, ‘open-hearted’, ‘generous’, deriving from the fact that in Frankish Gaul only people of Frankish race enjoyed the status of fully free men. It was also used as a Jewish personal name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie Frank in household of Fred Frank, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Minnie Frank in household of Frederick Frank, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Wilhelmina Griess in household of Nathan Griess, "United States Census, 1940"

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