Gertrude Elizabeth Whitton

21 March 1906–11 May 1975 (Age 69)
Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Gertrude Elizabeth

When Gertrude Elizabeth Whitton was born on 21 March 1906, in Illinois, United States, her father, John Lawrence F Whitton, was 27 and her mother, Alice Florence Harding, was 28. She married Edward Griffo on 9 September 1923, in Porter, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in New York City, New York, United States in 1910. She died on 11 May 1975, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Edward Griffo
Gertrude Elizabeth Whitton
Marriage: 9 September 1923
Alice G Griffo

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  • Marriage
    9 September 1923Porter, Indiana, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1907 · Not for profit elections
    Age 1
    The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
    1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World
    Age 7
    At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.
    1925 · The Goodman Theatre
    Age 19
    The Goodman Theatre was founded as a tribute to the Chicago playwright Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic in 1918. The theater was funded by his parents, who donated $250,000 to the Art Institute of Chicago. The first theater was designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and its opening ceremony was performed on October 20. 

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from Whitton in Morebattle (Roxburghshire). The placename is from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farm, village’, as with many of the places in 2 below.English: habitational name from any of the places called Whitton (Durham, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Northumberland, Shropshire, Suffolk) or Witton (Cheshire, Durham, Lancashire, Herefordshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, North Yorkshire); or possibly from Wyton (Huntingdonshire, East Yorkshire); or possibly from Weeton, Market Weighton, or Little Weighton (East Yorkshire). The placenames do not all share the same etymology but most of their post-medieval spellings are interchangeable. Most of the placenames derive from the Old English personal name Hwīta or Old English hwīt ‘white’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, though some, for example Witton in Warwickshire, derive from Old English wīc ‘dwelling, specialized farmstead’ + tūn, and some others, for example Witton in Norfolk, derive from Old English widu ‘wood’ + tūn. Whitton in Lincolnshire derives from the Old English personal name Hwīta (genitive Hwītan) or Old English hwīt (dative hwītan) + ēg ‘island’. Witton in Lancashire derives from the Old English personal Witta + Old English tūn.English: in Devon, this surname is a variant of Whiddon .

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

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    Sources (12)

    • Gertrude Whitton in household of Alice Whitton, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Gertrude Whitton in entry for Hubert Parmley, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019"
    • Gertude Whitton in household of William Henry Harding, "United States Census, 1920"

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