Helen Grace Friesen

1919–2006 (Age 87)
Weatherford, Custer, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Helen Grace

When Helen Grace Friesen was born on 20 February 1919, in Weatherford, Custer, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Heinrich or Henry Jake Friesen, was 33 and her mother, Justina Jantzen, was 37. She married Fred Ballew on 10 July 1938, in Custer City, Custer, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Cedar Township, Custer, Oklahoma, United States in 1920 and Deer Creek Township, Custer, Oklahoma, United States for about 10 years. She died on 11 November 2006, in Corn, Washita, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Thomas, Custer, Oklahoma, United States.

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Helen Grace Friesen
Fred Ballew
Marriage: 10 July 1938
Harold Fredrick Ballew
Chester Lloyd Ballew

Spouse & Children

10 July 1938
Custer City, Custer, Oklahoma, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 2

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

German and Dutch: patronymic from Fries .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Helen Friesen in household of Henry Friesen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Helen G Friesen in household of Henry J Friesen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Helen Ballew in household of Fred Ballew, "United States Census, 1940"

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