Vera Loraine Riggs

25 June 1924–8 January 1998 (Age 73)
Jefferson, Iowa, United States

The Life of Vera Loraine

When Vera Loraine Riggs was born on 25 June 1924, in Jefferson, Iowa, United States, her father, Roscoe Verle Riggs, was 31 and her mother, Oshia Gertrude Wood, was 27. She married Clarence LeRoy Whitmore on 26 November 1945. She lived in Oasis, Millard, Utah, United States in 1930 and Buchanan Township, Jefferson, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 8 January 1998, in Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield Township, Jefferson, Iowa, United States.

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Clarence LeRoy Whitmore
Vera Loraine Riggs
Marriage: 26 November 1945

Spouse and Children

26 November 1945

Parents and Siblings




    Wayne Bennett Riggs



    Ruth(Ruthie) Virginia Riggs


    Shirley Marie Riggs


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World Events (8)

1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 2

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

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

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a ridge, Old Norse hryggr. Compare Ridge .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Vera L Riggs in household of Roscoe V Riggs, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Beva L Riggs in household of Roscoe Riggs, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Vera L Riggs in household of Roscoe V Riggs, "United States Census, 1940"

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