Velma Edna Paul

29 June 1914–1 November 1978 (Age 64)
Butler, Polk, Oregon, United States

The Life of Velma Edna

When Velma Edna Paul was born on 29 June 1914, in Butler, Polk, Oregon, United States, her father, Charles Vinsen Paul, was 42 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Boyer, was 38. She married Ransom Sidney Drake on 14 September 1932, in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Dallas, Polk, Oregon, United States for about 10 years and Salem Election Precinct 23, Marion, Oregon, United States in 1940. She died on 1 November 1978, in Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States, at the age of 64.

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Ransom Sidney Drake
Velma Edna Paul
Marriage: 14 September 1932
Lloyd Delbert Drake
Lloyd Drake

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14 September 1932
Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1917 · The U.S. Army Spruce Production Division

Age 3

Thousands of soldiers were assigned to the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division to provide wood for airplanes and ships during World War I. Poor working conditions in 1917 caused the men to strike which slowed the logging production in the area. The demands of the strikers were rejected by the lumber companies. As the need was ever-present for lumber during the war, the government stationed soldiers to do the work. Over 230 spruce soldier camps were built and occupied throughout the Pacific Northwest at this time. 

Age 17

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Paul (Latin Paulus ‘small’), which has always been popular in Christendom. It was the name adopted by the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus after his conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus in about ad 34 . He was a most energetic missionary to the Gentiles in the Roman Empire, and played a very significant role in establishing Christianity as a major world religion. The name was borne also by numerous other early saints. The American surname has absorbed cognates from other European languages, for example Greek Pavlis and its many derivatives. It is also occasionally borne by Jews; the reasons for this are not clear.2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phóil ‘son of Paul’. Compare McFall .3 Catalan (Paül): habitational name from any of several places named Paül.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Velma T Paul in household of Mary E Paul, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Velma Drake in household of Ranson Drake, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Velma Paul in household of Mary E Paul, "United States Census, 1920"

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