Lavina J. McDowel

16 October 1895–1 October 1969 (Age 74)
Minnesota, United States

The Life of Lavina J.

When Lavina J. McDowel was born on 16 October 1895, in Minnesota, United States, her father, William Thomas McDowell, was 34 and her mother, Margaret Dikeman, was 27. She had at least 3 daughters with William John Cook. She lived in Lily, Day, South Dakota, United States in 1910 and Township 70 Range 24, Koochiching, Minnesota, United States in 1940. She died on 1 October 1969, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in International Falls, Koochiching, Minnesota, United States.

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William John Cook
Lavina J. McDowel
Odessa Margaret Cook
Helen M. Cook
Leora June Cook

Spouse and Children



    Odessa Margaret Cook


    Helen M. Cook



Parents and Siblings

    William Thomas McDowell


    Margaret Dikeman




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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

Age 2

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. 
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

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.

Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Irish McDonnell .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lanana Mc Dowell in household of William Mc Dowell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Lavina Cook in household of William John Cook, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Levina McDowell, "South Dakota State Census, 1905"

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