Harold Lee Kirby

5 November 1935–12 May 2015 (Age 79)
Oreana, Macon, Illinois, United States

The Life of Harold Lee

When Harold Lee Kirby was born on 5 November 1935, in Oreana, Macon, Illinois, United States, his father, Virgil Dowman Kirby, was 38 and his mother, Irene Boneham, was 23. He married Shirley Jean McLemore in 1956, in Anaheim, Orange, California, United States. He lived in Friends Creek Township, Macon, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 12 May 2015, in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Harold Lee Kirby
Dorothy Jean Rosenlof
Marriage: 14 January 1967

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    Dorothy Jean Rosenlof


14 January 1967
Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 2

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 5

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.
1956 · The Federal Aid Highway Act

Age 21

With the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System, the Federal Aid Highway Act made way for the largest public works project in American history at that time. One of the purposes was to provide military access to places in case of an attack.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Harold Lee Kirby in household of Dowman Kirby, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Harold Lee Kirby, "Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012"
  • Harold Lee Kirby, "Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012"

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