Dena Annette Bohlen

8 October 1920–15 July 2009 (Age 88)
Bruce, Brookings, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Dena Annette

When Dena Annette Bohlen was born on 8 October 1920, in Bruce, Brookings, South Dakota, United States, her father, Hinrich Onnen "Henry" Bohlen, was 26 and her mother, Hanna Alberts Fischer, was 20. She married Marvin Henry Westendorf on 3 February 1941, in Dumont, Butler, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Preston Township, Brookings, South Dakota, United States in 1930. She died on 15 July 2009, in Deshler, Bartlow Township, Henry, Ohio, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Parkersburg, Butler, Iowa, United States.

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Marvin Henry Westendorf
Dena Annette Bohlen
Marriage: 3 February 1941
Gary Alan Westendorf

Spouse and Children

3 February 1941
Dumont, Butler, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 2

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

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

1 German: patronymic from Bohl 1.2 German: habitational name from a place in Westphalia named Bohlen.3 German (Böhlen): habitational name from any of several places in Saxony named Böhlen.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dena Bohlen in household of Henry Bohlen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mrs Dena Annette Westendorf, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Dena Westendorf in entry for Mrs Carrie Hannah Everts, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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