Bessie Geller

1 October 1912–11 July 2003 (Age 90)
New York City, New York, United States

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Geller was born on 1 October 1912, in New York City, New York, United States, her father, Aaron Geller, was 29 and her mother, Rose Herzog, was 29. She married Emil Paul Schwartz on 24 June 1934, in New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States for about 20 years. She died on 11 July 2003, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 90.

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Emil Paul Schwartz
Bessie Geller
Marriage: 24 June 1934
Irene Schwartz
Norman Schwartz

Spouse and Children

    Emil Paul Schwartz



24 June 1934
New York City, New York, United States


    Irene Schwartz


    Norman Schwartz


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 1

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.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 25

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 North German: habitational name from the North German town of Geldern or from the Dutch province of Gelderland, earlier Geler and Gelre. Both places get their names from what may be an ancient element descriptive of marshland.2 German: occupational name for a town crier, Middle High German gellære (from gellen ‘to shout or yell’).3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a man with red hair, from the strong form of Yiddish gel ‘redheaded’ (Middle High German gel ‘yellow’). There has been considerable confusion with German gelb ‘yellow’, since the meaning change from ‘yellow’ to ‘red’ took place only in Yiddish and only with reference to people's complexion or hair coloring.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Schwartz in household of Emil P Schwartz, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Geller in household of Aaron Geller, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Geller in household of Aaron Geller, "United States Census, 1930"

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