Vanetta Marie Allen

1883–1978 (Age 95)
Zearing, Story, Iowa, United States

The Life of Vanetta Marie

When Vanetta Marie Allen was born on 24 December 1883, in Zearing, Story, Iowa, United States, her father, Jacob Milton Allen, was 28 and her mother, Nellie Adell Dimmitt, was 18. She married Elmer Ray McCaskey on 11 October 1910, in Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Callaway, Becker, Minnesota, United States in 1920 and Marietta, Lac qui Parle, Minnesota, United States in 1940. She died on 6 December 1978, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 94.

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Vanetta Marie Allen
Elmer Ray McCaskey
Marriage: 11 October 1910
Marie Ruby McCaskey
Milton Monroe McCaskey

Spouse & Children

11 October 1910
Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 1

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 25

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Nettie Allen in household of Jacob Allen, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Vanetta Mckasky in household of Elmer R Mckasky, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Vanetta M Mccaskey in household of Elmer R Mccaskey, "United States Census, 1940"

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