Florence Velda Chesney

13 January 1915–29 June 2003 (Age 88)
Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Florence Velda

When Florence Velda Chesney was born on 13 January 1915, in Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States, her father, James Stanton Chesney, was 27 and her mother, Ethel May Snyder, was 22. She married Clyde McClures Sheley on 24 August 1936, in Carson City, Nevada, United States. She lived in Chico, Butte, California, United States in 1935 and Durham Judicial Township, Butte, California, United States in 1940. She died on 29 June 2003, in California, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Chico Cemetery, Chico, Butte, California, United States.

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Clyde McClures Sheley
Florence Velda Chesney
Marriage: 24 August 1936

Spouse and Children

24 August 1936
Carson City, Nevada, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Paul Stanton Chesney



    John Cecil Chesney


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

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.
1917 · Camp Dodge

Age 2

Original construction of the Camp Dodge began in 1907 and was originally planned to provide a place for the National Guard units to train. In 1917, it was handed over to national authorities and expanded to become the regional training center for World War I forces. The Camp was named after Brigadier General Grenville M. Dodge, who organized Iowa's first National Guard unit. When the war ended, the camp was downsized and turned back over to the state until the start of World War II. Today, Camp Dodge has served only as a Guard and Reserve installation.

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English, northern Irish, and French: topographic name for someone who lived by or in an oak wood, from Old French chesnai ‘oak grove’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Velda F Chesney in household of James S Chesney, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Florence V Chesney in household of James E Chesney, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Florence Velda Chesney in household of James Stanton Chesney, "United States Census, 1920"

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