Virginia Lee "Ginna" Fellows

Brief Life History of Virginia Lee "Ginna"

When Virginia Lee "Ginna" Fellows was born on 15 June 1924, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, her father, Waldo Emerson Fellows, was 31 and her mother, Eileen Leota Gillespie, was 26. She married Robert Charles Wandell II on 27 May 1947, in Oakland, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Birmingham, Oakland, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died on 7 September 2000, in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 76.

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Robert Charles Wandell II
Virginia Lee "Ginna" Fellows
Marriage: 27 May 1947
Robert Charles Wandel III

Sources (11)

  • Virginia Lee Fellows in household of Waldo E Fellows, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952
  • Virginia F Wandel, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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1928 · The Detroit Zoo

"The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, """"He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them."

1944 · The G.I Bill

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

English: patronymic from Fellow, from Middle English felau(e) ‘partner, co-worker, companion’ (late Old English fēolaga, from Old Norse félagi, which is composed of ‘fee, money’ + legja ‘to lay, place, put’). In Middle English the term was used in the general sense of a companion or comrade, and the surname thus probably denoted a (fellow) member of a trade guild. Compare Fear 1.

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

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