Burness Otto Thoe

1895–1975 (Age 80)
Day, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Burness Otto

When Burness Otto Thoe was born on 13 January 1895, in Day, South Dakota, United States, his father, Johannas Oddson "John" Thoe, was 27 and his mother, Syverine or Severina J Leonne Oakland Okland, was 26. He married Ajelina Bernice Koelle in 1928. He lived in Langford, Marshall, South Dakota, United States in 1910 and Spring Valley Township, Clark, South Dakota, United States for about 20 years. He died on 11 January 1975, in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Wallace, Codington, South Dakota, United States.

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Burness Otto Thoe
Ajelina Bernice Koelle
Marriage: 1928

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  • Male1895–1975Male

  • Ajelina Bernice Koelle



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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 18

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

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.

Name Meaning

Norwegian: unexplained.

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

Sources (3)

  • Otto Thoe, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Otto Thoe in household of John Thoe, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Otto Thoe in household of John O Thoe, "United States Census, 1910"

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