Myrtle Welty

19 December 1895–8 July 1969 (Age 73)
Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States

The Life of Myrtle

When Myrtle Welty was born on 19 December 1895, in Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States, her father, Elza Peter Welty, was 42 and her mother, Rebecca Margaret Beadle, was 25. She married James Henry Githens on 17 February 1916, in Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Oskaloosa, Clay, Illinois, United States in 1930 and Omega Township, Marion, Illinois, United States in 1940. She died on 8 July 1969, in Salem, Marion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States.

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James Henry Githens
Myrtle Welty
Marriage: 17 February 1916
James Edgar Githens
George Henry Githens
Margaret Ann Githens
Richard Everett Githens
Dora Arvena Githens
Levina Alice Githens
Levina Alice Githens
Bertha Arlene Githens
Eliza Leon Githens

Spouse and Children

17 February 1916
Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States


    James Edgar Githens


    George Henry Githens


    Margaret Ann Githens


    Richard Everett Githens


    Dora Arvena Githens


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Matilda Jane Welty



    Elza Riley Welty


    Bertha J. Welty


    Levina Elizabeth Welty


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 15

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

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

Swiss German: from a pet form of the personal name Walther ( see Walter ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Myrthe W Githens in household of James H Githens, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Myrtle Githens in household of James H Githens, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Myrtle Welty, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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