Gerald Edward Cessna

9 February 1913–13 April 1982 (Age 69)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Gerald Edward

When Gerald Edward Cessna was born on 9 February 1913, in Missouri, United States, his father, John A Hixson, was 25 and his mother, Ada Irene Benefiel, was 21. He married Daisy Velma Strawhand on 8 October 1955, in Princess Anne, Virginia, United States. He lived in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States for about 20 years. He died on 13 April 1982, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.

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Gerald Edward Cessna
Daisy Velma Strawhand
Marriage: 8 October 1955

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8 October 1955
Princess Anne, Virginia, United States

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World Events (8)

1917 · Camp Lee Training Facility

Age 4

Camp Lee was the sight of where Europeans first came face to face with the Powhatan Confederation. Than during the Civil War  the Union forces used it as a surprise attack and blocked Lee’s army from the supply base. When World War II started Fort Lee became Camp Lee and was used as a training facility.
1931 · The Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks

Age 18

The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed in 1931. The dam was built to generate hydroelectric power to the Osage Power Plant. The building of the dam created Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and over 1,000 miles of shoreline.
1938 · Electrification of Rural Kansas

Age 25

Power was supplied to rural Kansas, which had been hit hard by the depression, in March 1938. Many farmers could not afford the $5 hookups for electricity. As a result, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act which provided loans to farmers who wanted electricity. Brown County became the first to receive service.

Name Meaning

French: unexplained; perhaps a variant of German Kestner ( see Kastner ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gerald E Cessna, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Edward Cessna in household of John Hixson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • G Edward Cessna in household of John A Hixson, "United States Census, 1930"

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