Loretta Terry

12 December 1898–5 April 1985 (Age 86)
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States

The Life of Loretta

Loretta Terry was born on 12 December 1898, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States as the daughter of William Terry and Margaret "Maggie" Johnson. She married Leonard Vander Swag on 5 June 1922, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 5 April 1985, in Allendale, Ottawa, Michigan, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Blendon Township Cemetery, Hudsonville, Ottawa, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leonard Vander Swag
Loretta Terry
Marriage: 5 June 1922
Ralph Russell Galineau

Spouse and Children

5 June 1922
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Terry


    Margaret "Maggie" Johnson





    Sadie Richard


    Earl Richards


    Paul Terry


World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 5

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 25

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: from the common Norman personal name, T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), composed of the unattested Germanic element þeudo- ‘people’, ‘race’ + rīc ‘power’. Theodoric was the name of the Ostrogothic leader ( c. 454–526 ) who invaded Italy in 488 and established his capital at Ravenna in 493 . His name was often taken as a derivative of Greek Theodōros ( see Theodore ). There was an Anglo-Norman family of this name in County Cork.2 Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh ( see Turley ).3 Southern French: occupational name for a potter, from Occitan terrin ‘earthenware vase’ (a diminutive of terre ‘earth’, Latin terra).

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

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Story Highlight


Whenever asked about family history she would say “They’re all dead, it doesn’t matter anyway”

Sources (2)

  • Loretta Vander Swag in household of Leonard Vander Swag, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Laureta Terry, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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