The Shemwell Family

Irvin Luther RigginsAge: 86 years18861972

Irvin Luther Riggins
Given names
Irvin Luther
Birth March 9, 1886
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 12 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence -
MarriageGertrude E “Gertie” TomerlinView this family
December 7, 1916 (Age 30 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 29 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
WW1 Draft
September 12, 1918 (Age 32 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 30 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 31 years)

Note: Spanish Influenza killed over 500,000 people in the United States, and somewhere between 20 and 40 million in what has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in history -
Birth of a daughter
#1Margaret Louise Riggins
July 27, 1919 (Age 33 years)
Census January 12, 1920 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#2George William Riggins
September 18, 1922 (Age 36 years)

Death of a sonGeorge William Riggins
September 19, 1922 (Age 36 years)

Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 43 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 16, 1930 (Age 44 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 55 years)

Note: The United States enters World War II after the attack at Pearl Harbor, a global war that involved the vast majority of the world's nations and including all of the great powers -
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 63 years)
Note: The Korean War was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union -
Death of a wifeGertrude E “Gertie” Tomerlin
October 16, 1960 (Age 74 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 59 years)
Note: The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict. -
Death November 24, 1972 (Age 86 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Greenwood Cemetery
Last change April 10, 201811:43:30

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with Gertrude E “Gertie” Tomerlin - View this family
Marriage: December 7, 1916Todd, Kentucky, United States
3 years
Margaret Louise Riggins
Birth: July 27, 1919 33 31Logan, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 1, 2004Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States
3 years

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