Bessie Christian Orr

12 November 1887–18 February 1974 (Age 86)
Cowley, Kansas, United States

The Life of Bessie Christian

When Bessie Christian Orr was born on 12 November 1887, in Cowley, Kansas, United States, her father, Arthur Orr, was 42 and her mother, Nancy Christina Meece, was 36. She lived in Fairview Township, Cowley, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Winfield, Cowley, Kansas, United States in 1910. She died on 18 February 1974, at the age of 86.

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Arthur Orr
Nancy Christina Meece
Ida May Orr
Edwin Stanton Orr
Laura Mabel Orr
William Arthur Orr
Robert Ellis Orr
Bessie Christian Orr
Alpha Ellen Orr

Parents and Siblings

    Arthur Orr


    Nancy Christina Meece




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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 3

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 23

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English, Scottish, and northern Irish: from the Old Norse byname Orri ‘blackcock’ (the male black grouse).2 Scottish: nickname for someone with a sallow complexion, from Gaelic odhar ‘pale’, ‘dun’.3 English: topographic name for someone who lived on a shore or ridge, from Old English ōra ‘shore’, ‘hill-slope’, ‘flat-topped ridge’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word ( see Ore ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Orr in household of Arthur Orr, "Kansas State Census, 1895"
  • Bessie Orr in household of Arthur Orr, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie P Orr in household of Arthur Orr, "United States Census, 1900"

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