Thelma Estelle Brodie

28 October 1919–12 January 2002 (Age 82)
Ellis, Texas, United States

The Life of Thelma Estelle

When Thelma Estelle Brodie was born on 28 October 1919, in Ellis, Texas, United States, her father, Aaron A Brodie, was 34 and her mother, Tennie Mae Wilkie, was 26. She married Frances "Frank" Albert Forni Sr. on 22 September 1937, in Eddy, New Mexico, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Election Precinct 1 Carlsbad, Eddy, New Mexico, United States in 1940 and Ceres, Noble, Oklahoma, United States in 1998. She died on 12 January 2002, in Ceres, Stanislaus, California, United States, at the age of 82.

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Frances "Frank" Albert Forni Sr.
Thelma Estelle Brodie
Marriage: 22 September 1937
A Son Forni
Robert Duane Forni
Jerry D. Forni

Spouse and Children

22 September 1937
Eddy, New Mexico, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Bonnie M Brodie


    Clyde Brodie


    Annie Beatrice Brodie



World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 2

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Brodie Castle in Moray. The place name is probably from Gaelic brothach ‘muddy place’ rather than bruthach ‘steep place’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Thelma Brodin in household of Aaron Brodie, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Thelma Frome in household of Aron Brodie, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thelma Brody in household of Aron A Brody, "United States Census, 1920"

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