Opal Ellabelle Kersten

31 July 1908–27 February 1987 (Age 78)
Minnesota, United States

The Life of Opal Ellabelle

When Opal Ellabelle Kersten was born on 31 July 1908, in Minnesota, United States, her father, Herman Charles Kersten, was 45 and her mother, Mary Jane Kinkaid, was 36. She married Arthur Hillmer Lysne on 9 November 1930, in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Elbow Lake, Grant, Minnesota, United States for about 20 years and Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States in 1940. She died on 27 February 1987, in San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Arthur Hillmer Lysne
Opal Ellabelle Kersten
Marriage: 9 November 1930
Arthur Hugh Lysne

Spouse and Children

9 November 1930
Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States


    Arthur Hugh Lysne




Parents and Siblings

    Herman Charles Kersten





    Harold Ernest Kersten


    Merl Kersten


    Bernice Estella Kersten




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.
1910 · Angel Island Serves Immigrants

Age 2

Angel Island served as a western entry point for hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants, mainly from China, from 1910 to 1940.

Age 21

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.

Name Meaning

North German: from the personal name Kersten, a Low German derivative of Christian (from Latin Christianus) ( see Christian ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Opal B Kersten in household of Herman C Kersten, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Opal Kersten in household of H C Kersten, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Opal Lysne in household of Arthur Lysne, "United States Census, 1940"

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