Bertha Vela

31 July 1923–15 January 2011 (Age 87)
El Paso, Texas, United States

The Life of Bertha

Bertha Vela was born on 31 July 1923, in El Paso, Texas, United States. She died on 15 January 2011, in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 87.

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1927

Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929

Age 6

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 6

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 Spanish, Catalan and Galician: of uncertain derivation; it could be from the pre-Roman personal name Vela (compare Basque bela, vela ‘raven’). More likely perhaps, it may be a byname from vela meaning either ‘sail’ or ‘watchman’.2 Spanish: habitational name from a place name Vela, in Córdoba province.3 Portuguese: habitational name from a place named Vela in Portugal.

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

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