Catherine Violet Root

16 August 1915–19 December 2003 (Age 88)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of Catherine Violet

When Catherine Violet Root was born on 16 August 1915, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, her father, George Newman Root, was 31 and her mother, Susan Violet Bennett, was 30. She married Garth LeRoy Parish Turpening on 4 March 1939, in Lucas, Ohio, United States. She died on 19 December 2003, in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, United States, at the age of 88.

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Garth LeRoy Parish Turpening
Catherine Violet Root
Marriage: 4 March 1939

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4 March 1939
Lucas, Ohio, United States

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1919 · The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Age 4

During the Chicago race riot, which was raised by racial conflicts throughout Chicago, thirty-eight people died (23 black and 15 white) and over five hundred were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer and was the worst race riot in Illinois.

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rōt).2 English: metonymic occupational name for a player on the rote, an early medieval stringed instrument (Middle English, Old French rote, of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth).3 Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a retting place (Dutch root, a derivative of ro(o)ten ‘to ret’, akin to modern English rot), a place where flax is soaked in tubs of water until the stems rot to release the linen fibers.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Catharine V Root in household of George U Root, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Catherine Root in household of Geo Root, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Catherine Turpening in household of Garth Turpening, "United States Census, 1940"

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