Elizabeth Mae Riffel

10 January 1893–24 January 1980 (Age 87)
Kansas, United States

The Life Summary of Elizabeth Mae

When Elizabeth Mae Riffel was born on 10 January 1893, in Kansas, United States, her father, Andrew Riffel, was 27 and her mother, Julianna Meier, was 24. She married Alexander Spohn on 30 November 1916, in Tampa, Marion, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Tampa, Marion, Kansas, United States in 1920 and Blaine Township, Marion, Kansas, United States for about 10 years. She died on 24 January 1980, in Abilene, Dickinson, Kansas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Ramona, Marion, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Spohn
Elizabeth Mae Riffel
Marriage: 30 November 1916
Evelyn L Spohn
Betty Jene Spohn

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 November 1916Tampa, Marion, Kansas, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 3
    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.
    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 5
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 23
    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

    German:1. from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with hrōd ‘renown’, ‘victory’, for example Rudolf . 2. metonymic occupational name for a flax or hemp worker, from late Middle High German riffel ‘comb (for preparing flax)’, a noun derivative of Middle High German riffeln ‘to comb’.

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

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    Sources (8)

    • Lizzie Riffel in household of Andrew Riffel, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Elizabeth Spohn in household of Alex Spohn, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Elizabeth Spahn in household of Alex Spahn, "United States Census, 1940"

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