Helen Marie Smith

13 June 1923–19 March 2003 (Age 79)
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life of Helen Marie

When Helen Marie Smith was born on 13 June 1923, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, Homer Richard SMITH, was 20 and her mother, Edith Helen McKinley, was 18. She married Gerald Clifton "Jack" Rolfe on 17 August 1941, in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States. She died on 19 March 2003, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

Gerald Clifton "Jack" Rolfe
1919–1985
Helen Marie Smith
1923–2003
Marriage: 17 August 1941

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
17 August 1941
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States

Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (8)

1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 3

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.
1927

Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 21

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: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Helen Smith in household of John E Mckinley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Helen M Smith in household of John E Mckinley, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mrs Helen M Rolfe, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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