Grace Florence Romans1,2

F, #21021, b. 2 August 1896, d. 4 December 1988
FatherWilliam Romans2 b. Nov 1863, d. 1955
MotherElsie Myrtle Bezanson2 b. 14 Feb 1871, d. 20 Sep 1904
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Grace Florence Romans was born on 2 August 1896 at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.1,2,3 She married J. Roy Thomas.2 Grace Florence Romans died on 4 December 1988 at age 92.2 According to Dorothy Evans, the scrapbooks which Grace Florence Romans kept for many years are now held by Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management (NSARM.)2,4

Census Summary

1890
Birth
1896
1900
Census
1901
1910
Census
1911
1920
Census
1921
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
Death
1988

Census, Residence

Census1901Grace Florence Romans appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of William Romans and Elsie Myrtle Bezanson at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.5,3
Census1911Grace Florence Romans appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of William Romans at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.6
Census1921Grace Florence Romans appeared on the census of 1921 in the household of William Romans at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.7
LivedGrace Florence Romans and J. Roy Thomas lived in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.2
Last Edited10 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Romans, Grace Florence; Registration Year: 1896; Page: 99100855, a delayed entry from 20 August 1940.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 112.
  3. [S617] Automated Genealogy, "1901 Census of Canada", Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6452, Transcriber=Deborah David, District=NS HALIFAX, Subdistrict=Hammond Plains t Page 9, Line=4, Family=75.
  4. [S171] John Cardinal, "Research Notes,", I was unable to locate the scrapbooks at NSARM (aka PANS), but I only searched online.
  5. [S5] 1901 Canadian Census; Hammond Plains, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Family: 75; Page: 9; Lines: 4-10.
  6. [S5] 1911 Canadian Census; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Family: 111; Page: 12; Lines: 46-50.
  7. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Hammond Plains Polling District No 16, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sub-District: 11; Page: 3; Lines: 16-21.

Charles Martell Romans1

M, #21023, b. 3 May 1899
FatherWilliam Romans1 b. Nov 1863, d. 1955
MotherElsie Myrtle Bezanson1 b. 14 Feb 1871, d. 20 Sep 1904
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Charles Martell Romans was born on 3 May 1899. He died in infancy.
Last Edited10 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 112.

Marjorie Romans1

F, #21024, b. 8 April 1900
FatherWilliam Romans1 b. Nov 1863, d. 1955
MotherElsie Myrtle Bezanson1 b. 14 Feb 1871, d. 20 Sep 1904
Relationship3rd great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Marjorie Romans was also known as M. Emma Romans.2 She was born on 8 April 1900 at Nova Scotia, but the year may have been 1901.2,3 She married Peter Kennedy.1

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1900
Census
1901
1910
Census
1911
1920
Census
1921

Census, Residence

Census1901M. Emma Romans appeared on the census of 1901 in the household of William Romans and Elsie Myrtle Bezanson at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.2,4
Census1911Marjorie Romans appeared on the census of 1911 in the household of William Romans at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.5
Census1921Marjorie Romans appeared on the census of 1921 in the household of William Romans at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.6
Last Edited9 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 112.
  2. [S5] 1901 Canadian Census; Hammond Plains, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Family: 75; Page: 9; Lines: 4-10.
  3. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Romans, Emma Marjorie; Registration Year: 1901; Page: 99100901, a delayed entry from 22 January 1968.
  4. [S617] Automated Genealogy, "1901 Census of Canada", Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6452, Transcriber=Deborah David, District=NS HALIFAX, Subdistrict=Hammond Plains t Page 9, Line=4, Family=75.
  5. [S5] 1911 Canadian Census; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Family: 111; Page: 12; Lines: 46-50.
  6. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Hammond Plains Polling District No 16, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sub-District: 11; Page: 3; Lines: 16-21.

Lindsay Morton Romans1

M, #21028, b. 6 April 1903, d. 12 June 1903
FatherWilliam Romans1 b. Nov 1863, d. 1955
MotherElsie Myrtle Bezanson1 b. 14 Feb 1871, d. 20 Sep 1904
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Lindsay Morton Romans was born on 6 April 1903. He died on 12 June 1903.
Last Edited10 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 112.

Randall Bezanson1

M, #21030, b. 25 August 1913, d. May 1983
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 342.1
FatherHenry Bernard Bezanson1 b. 30 Oct 1876, d. 29 Mar 1963
MotherHarriett Zwicker1 b. 1882, d. 1947
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
Randall B. Bezanson
     Randall Bezanson was born on 25 August 1913 at Hennepin County, Minnesota.2,3,4 He married Gladys Whelihan on 2 September 1939. He was 26. She was 29.5 Randall Bezanson was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Daily Telegram (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) on 24 March 1953.6 He died in May 1983 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at age 69.7,4 Randall Bezanson is the subject of a plague erected by the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Basbeball Hall of Fame. The plague reads:
Randall "Ran" Bezanson

Born in Minneapolis on August 25, 1913, Randall "Ran" Bezanson played a key role in Eau Claire minor league basebell for over 20 years. In 1941, he was the leader of the Eau Claire Jaycees project that took over operation of the Bears, and he subsequently led the volunteer group that continued to run the Bears/Braves until their final year in 1962. He was a 1935 graduate of UW-Madison, and a local realtor from 1945 until his death in 1983. Ran also served his profession and community in a variety of other volunteer roles, including president of the Eau Claire Police and Fire Commission, and Chairman of the Wisconsin Real Estate Examining Board.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 2008


The plague is located at the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame, Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin🌏.
Randall "Ran" Bezanson, plague erected by the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame

Census Summary

1910
Birth
1913
1920
Census
1920
1930
Census
1930
1940
Census
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
Death
1983

Census, Residence

Census1920Randall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker at 3712 Blaisdell Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.8
Census1930Randall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker at 812 Fifth Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.9
Census1940Randall Bezanson and Gladys Whelihan appeared on the census of 1940 at 1421 Fredrick Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.10
Last Edited19 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113.
  2. [S385] "Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934", Randall Bernard Bezanson; Hennepin County, Minnesota; 25 August 1913.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113, 196, which has the birth year only.
  4. [S3] Social Security Death Index, R BEZANSON, Born=25 Aug 1913, Died=May 1983, Residence=54701 Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, Issued=WI (Before 1951).
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113, 196.
  6. [S19] "Braves' Transfer Pleases Local Officials", The Daily Telegram (Eau Claire, Wisconsin), 24 March 1953, p. 10.
  7. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113, 196, which has the death year only.
  8. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Minneapolis Ward 13, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T625_838; Image: 818; ED: 236; Page: 6B; Lines: 52-56.
  9. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; FHL Film: 2342305; Roll: 2571; Image: 860.0; ED: 0013; Page: 14B; Lines: 93-97.
  10. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Roll: T627_4477; ED: 18-10B; Page: 3B; Lines: 66-67.

Gladys Whelihan1

F, #21031, b. 25 January 1910, d. 22 September 1998
     Gladys Whelihan was born on 25 January 1910.2 She married Randall Bezanson, son of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker, on 2 September 1939. She was 29. He was 26.3 Gladys Whelihan died on 22 September 1998 at age 88.2

Census Summary

1910
Birth
1910
1920
1930
1940
Census
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
Death
1998

Census, Residence

Census1940Randall Bezanson and Gladys Whelihan appeared on the census of 1940 at 1421 Fredrick Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.4
Last Edited19 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113.
  2. [S3] Social Security Death Index, GLADYS BEZANSON, Born=25 Jan 1910, Died=22 Sep 1998, Residence=54701 Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, Issued=WI (Before 1951).
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113, 196.
  4. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Roll: T627_4477; ED: 18-10B; Page: 3B; Lines: 66-67.

Peter Floyd Bezanson1

M, #21033, b. 1915, d. 26 February 2006
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 343.1
FatherHenry Bernard Bezanson1 b. 30 Oct 1876, d. 29 Mar 1963
MotherHarriett Zwicker1 b. 1882, d. 1947

Family

Larrayne Bing b. 30 Aug 1916, d. 24 Oct 1999
Child
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Peter Floyd Bezanson was born in 1915.1 He married Larrayne Bing.1 Peter Floyd Bezanson died on 26 February 2006 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.2

     Obituary from The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 28 February 2006:
Peter Bezanson: C.R. businessman Bezanson dies

CEDAR RAPIDS - Peter Bezanson, a central figure in downtown Cedar Rapids developments of the 1960s and '70s before becoming a central figure in the failure of a financial institution in the '80s, died Sunday.

Bezanson, 90, a resident of The Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids, died at St. Luke's Hospital.

Bezanson was "kind of a Type A (personality)," recalled Robert M.L. Johnson, Cedar Rapids mayor from 1962 through '67. "Let's get it done. He had great impatience on the golf course - if the guy ahead of him wasn't moving lickety split, he wanted him to move."

Born in Minneapolis, Bezanson came to Cedar Rapids in 1941 to be an assistant underwriter for the Iowa National Mutual Insurance Co.

"He just loved Cedar Rapids and got involved right away in the community," said Bezanson's daughter, Judy Ruth of Cedar Rapids.

Bezanson started his own insurance agency in 1949. In the early 1950s, he and wife Larrayne put up their home and other personal property as collateral to keep Morris Plan Co., a Cedar Rapids lender started in 1916, from going under. He told a Gazette interviewer he "took over active management" of the firm in early 1954.

Over most of the next three decades, Bezanson built or owned such landmarks as Cedar River Tower, the Roosevelt Hotel, the downtown skyways and the Paramount Theatre.

"He loved all of that sort of thing," Ruth said. "He liked to think of himself as an entrepreneur."

On Oct. 21, 1976, Mayor Don Canney and Bezanson turned the first dirt for a civic center and hotel that's now the U.S. Cellular Center and Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel. Bezanson financed the hotel, then Stouffer's Five Seasons.

Bezanson and his wife, Larrayne, bought the Paramount Theatre, built in 1928, when its original owner encountered financial trouble. The couple transferred the theater building to the city in December 1975 for $2 but retained ownership of the land under it and the adjacent building housing its lobby. The city continues to pay $8,500 a year to lease the underlying land through 2026, when city has rights to buy the property.

In August 1985, MorAmerica Financial Corp., the successor company to Morris Plan, declared bankruptcy, triggering eight years of rancorous court battles. Some 18,000 depositors lost a major share of their investments. In August 1988, federal regulators barred Bezanson from any role in United Security Savings, created during MorAmerica's reorganization.

Ruth said MorAmerica was caught in a declining Midwest economy and unpredictable loan rates. "The interest rates had been really high, and they went down and they were stuck with higher rates of interest on the debt," she said. "It was a real struggle."

Bezanson was active in Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Boy Scouts and local business and commercial groups. He was a board member of Coe College and St. Luke's Hospital.

Larrayne Bezanson died in 1999.

Peter Bezanson "was very alert and with it up until the end," traveling to India last year and celebrating his 90th birthday at the family's northern Wisconsin cabin, his daughter said.2

Census Summary

1910
Birth
1915
1920
Census
1920
1930
Census
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
Death
2006

Census, Residence

Census1920Peter Floyd Bezanson appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker at 3712 Blaisdell Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota.3
Census1930Peter Floyd Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker at 812 Fifth Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.4
Lived1985Peter Floyd Bezanson and Larrayne Bing lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, circa 1985.1
Last Edited14 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113.
  2. [S6] Peter Bezanson Obituary, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 28 February 2006.
  3. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Minneapolis Ward 13, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: T625_838; Image: 818; ED: 236; Page: 6B; Lines: 52-56.
  4. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; FHL Film: 2342305; Roll: 2571; Image: 860.0; ED: 0013; Page: 14B; Lines: 93-97.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 196, 251.

Larrayne Bing1

F, #21034, b. 30 August 1916, d. 24 October 1999

Family

Peter Floyd Bezanson b. 1915, d. 26 Feb 2006
Child
     Larrayne Bing was born on 30 August 1916.2 She married Peter Floyd Bezanson, son of Henry Bernard Bezanson and Harriett Zwicker.1 Larrayne Bing was a member of the board of trustees in Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, from 1975 to 1985.3 She was an emerita trustee in Cornell College in 1985.3 She died on 24 October 1999 at age 83.2

     Obituary from The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 25 October 1999:
Larrayne Bezanson, 83, of 1650 Koehler Dr. NW, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 1999, in St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Westminster Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Herbert Isenberg. Private entombment will take place in Cedar Memorial Mausoleum before the memorial service at the church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home.

The casket will be closed at all times.

Larrayne is survived by her husband, Peter, and two children: Judy Ruth and husband John of Cedar Rapids and Randall Bezanson and wife Elaine of Iowa City; five grandchildren: Jeff Maples of Phoenix, Ariz., Jason Maples and wife Jodi and daughter Lilli of Denver, Colo., Joy Partee and husband Shon and children Kahlil and Star of Cedar Rapids, Peter D. Bezanson and wife Alison of Mesa, Ariz., and Melissa Bezanson of Austin, Texas.

She was born to Eva and Edgar Bing of Eau Claire, Wis., on Aug. 30, 1916, and married Peter Bezanson in Eau Claire on June 17, 1939. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this year.

Larrayne was active in Cedar Rapids in many ways. She was a board member of Cornell College for 12 years and thereafter served as an emeritus member. She was also on St. Luke's Foundation board and belonged to PEO Chapter JT, Garden Club, Shakespeare Club and served as an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Cedar Rapids Country Club and Cedar Rapids Symphony.4

Census, Residence

Lived1985Larrayne Bing and Peter Floyd Bezanson lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, circa 1985.1
Last Edited14 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 113.
  2. [S3] Social Security Death Index, LARRAYNE BEZANSON, Born=30 Aug 1916, Died=24 Oct 1999, Residence=52405 Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA, Issued=IA (1962).
  3. [S521] Unknown compiler, "Cornell College eReport, Spring 2000", Alumni News death announcement for Larrayne Bezanson.
  4. [S2] Audrey F. Bezanson Death Notice, Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 25 October 1999.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 196, 251.

Wallace Calvin Miller1

M, #21039, b. 31 December 1901, d. 11 December 1958
FatherHerbert Miller1 b. 1868, d. 1934
MotherEunice Maud Bezanson1 b. 3 Jan 1872, d. 21 Dec 1943
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Wallace Calvin Miller was born on 31 December 1901.1 He died on 11 December 1958 at age 56.1

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1901
1910
Census
1910
1920
Census
1920
1930
1940
1950
Death
1958

Census, Residence

Census1910Wallace Calvin Miller appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Herbert Miller and Eunice Maud Bezanson at 77 Gooch Street, Melrose, Massachusetts.2
Census1920Wallace Calvin Miller appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of Herbert Miller and Eunice Maud Bezanson at Center Street, Hanover, Massachusetts.3
Last Edited3 Aug 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 115.
  2. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Melrose Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1374615; Roll: T624_602; ED: 0946; Page: 1B; Lines: 58-63.
  3. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Hanover, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_726; Image: 744; ED: 109; Page: 18A; Lines: 13-18.

John Herbert Miller1

M, #21040, b. 13 January 1905, d. 2 May 1970
FatherHerbert Miller1 b. 1868, d. 1934
MotherEunice Maud Bezanson1 b. 3 Jan 1872, d. 21 Dec 1943
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     John Herbert Miller was born on 13 January 1905.1 He died on 2 May 1970 at age 65.1

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1905
1910
Census
1910
1920
Census
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
Death
1970

Census, Residence

Census1910John Herbert Miller appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Herbert Miller and Eunice Maud Bezanson at 77 Gooch Street, Melrose, Massachusetts.2
Census1920John Herbert Miller appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of Herbert Miller and Eunice Maud Bezanson at Center Street, Hanover, Massachusetts.3
Last Edited3 Aug 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 115.
  2. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Melrose Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1374615; Roll: T624_602; ED: 0946; Page: 1B; Lines: 58-63.
  3. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Hanover, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_726; Image: 744; ED: 109; Page: 18A; Lines: 13-18.