Severn Alexander Kelsey Sr

19 November 1890–25 September 1954 (Age 63)
Alpena, Alpena, Michigan, United States

The Life of Severn Alexander

When Severn Alexander Kelsey Sr was born on 19 November 1890, in Alpena, Alpena, Michigan, United States, his father, Valenty Misgalski, was 33 and his mother, Antonina Kujawa, was 22. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Arline E. Moran. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 25 September 1954, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield Township, Oakland, Michigan, United States.

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Severn Alexander Kelsey Sr
Arline E. Moran
Severn (Larry) Alexander Kelsey, Jr.
Arline Kelsey

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Valenty Misgalski


    Antonina Kujawa




    Bernard Misgalski



    Alexander Edward Misgalski


    Praxy Helen Misgalski


    Florence E. Misgalski


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

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 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 7

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 17

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from North or South Kelsey in Lincolnshire, so named from Cēol, an Old English personal name, or alternatively from an unattested Old Scandinavian word, kæl ‘wedge-shaped piece of land’, + ēg ‘island’, ‘area of dry land in a marsh’.2 Possibly also an Americanized form of German Gelzer.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Suevn Mozgalski in household of Valaton Mozgalski, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Severn A Miszalske in household of Valentine Miszalske, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Severn A Kelsey, "United States Census, 1940"

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