Helen Louise Friesen

1908–2005 (Age 97)
Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States

The Life of Helen Louise

When Helen Louise Friesen was born on 3 February 1908, in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States, her father, Peter Franz Friesen, was 28 and her mother, Maria Bertha J. J. Reimer, was 23. She married George Herbert Smith in September 1929. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died on 24 August 2005, in Shafter, Kern, California, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States.

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Helen Louise Friesen
George Herbert Smith
Marriage: September 1929
Clyde Eugene Smith
Shirley Mae Smith

Spouse & Children

September 1929


  • Clyde Eugene Smith


  • Shirley Mae Smith


Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1909 · Garden of the Gods Park

Age 1

In 1879, railroad tycoon, Charles Elliott Perkins bought 240 acres whrere The Garden of the Gods is located, and planned to use it as a summer home. Perkins died in 1907 before he could establish it as a public park. Perkin's children donated the now 480 acres to the city of Colorado Springs, to become a public park.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 26

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

German and Dutch: patronymic from Fries .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Helen L Smith in household of Herbert G Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Helen L Smith in household of He?Bert ? Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Helen L Friesen in household of Peter T Friesen, "United States Census, 1920"

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