William Robert Fast

Male18 August 1854–10 October 1932

Brief Life History of William Robert

When William Robert Fast was born on 18 August 1854, in Martinsburg, Pike, Illinois, United States, his father, Isaac Jay Fast, was 34 and his mother, Narcissa Amelia Rosa de Malridda Richardson, was 25. He married Sarah Emily Ator on 2 November 1876, in Pike, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Milton, Pike, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Pleasant Hill, Pike, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 10 October 1932, in Pike, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Black Oak Cemetery, Martinsburg Township, Pike, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Robert Fast
Sarah Emily Ator
Marriage: 2 November 1876
William Kelly FAST
Lillie May Fast
Millie B Fast
Rosa Lee Fast
Lloyd Fast
Evert Adrim Fast
Beulah Ruth FAST

Sources (16)

  • W R Fast, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Robert Fast, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • William R. Fast, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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  • Marriage
    2 November 1876Pike, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 2

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 9

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 21

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    North German: nickname for a reliable steadfast person, or from a short form of any of various personal names beginning with the element fast ‘steadfast, firm’, for example Fastert.

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

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