Laura Bertha Blackman

15 December 1873–31 October 1960 (Age 86)
Magnolia, Harrison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Laura Bertha

When Laura Bertha Blackman was born on 15 December 1873, in Magnolia, Harrison, Iowa, United States, her father, George James Blackman, was 44 and her mother, Harriet Staley, was 44. She married Samuel C Diggle on 30 March 1891, in Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1935 and Shorewood, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States in 1940. She died on 31 October 1960, in Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

Samuel C Diggle
Laura Bertha Blackman
Marriage: 30 March 1891
P Harold Diggle
Vivian Bernice Diggle
Burnham W Diggle
Paul Ward Diggle

Spouse and Children

30 March 1891
Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

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.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 10

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 23

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: descriptive nickname for someone of swarthy complexion or hair, or else someone with a pale complexion or hair ( see Black ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Laura B Blackman in household of Geo J Blackman, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Laura B Digle, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Laura B Diggle in household of John Barclay Naugle, "United States Census, 1940"

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