Thomas Sheldon VanFossen

Male24 April 1922–27 February 2001

Brief Life History of Thomas Sheldon

When Thomas Sheldon VanFossen was born on 24 April 1922, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States, his father, Isaiah Cash Van Fossen, was 27 and his mother, Alice B Hickey, was 29. He died on 27 February 2001, in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Isaiah Cash Van Fossen
1894–1936
Alice B Hickey
1893–1961
Benjamin Wright "Ben" Van Fossen
1917–2001
Thomas Sheldon VanFossen
1922–2001

Sources (4)

  • Thomas Van Fossen in household of Cash Van Fossen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Thomas S Vanfossen, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Thomas S Vanfossen, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

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Siblings (2)

World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

1940

Age 18

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 gusts 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.

1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

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

Americanized form of Dutch Van Vossen: habitational name for someone from Vossem in Brabant, Belgium.

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

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