Flora Mae Donner

Female7 November 1879–11 August 1963

Brief Life History of Flora Mae

When Flora Mae Donner was born on 7 November 1879, in Afton, Union, Iowa, United States, her father, Johnathan C Donner, was 31 and her mother, Virginia Linson, was 20. She married Frank LeRoy Arnold on 1 March 1898, in Afton, Union, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Union City, Union, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Bloomfield Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 11 August 1963, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Afton, Union, Iowa, United States.

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Frank LeRoy Arnold
Flora Mae Donner
Marriage: 1 March 1898
Gladys Fay Arnold
Daryl Leroy Arnold
Frank Leroy Arnold Jr

Sources (32)

  • Flora Arnold in household of Frank L Arnold, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
  • Flora M. Donner, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

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  • Marriage
    1 March 1898Afton, Union, Iowa, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 2

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1884 · There is now a Capital Building

    Age 5

    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.

    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

    Age 22

    President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

    Name Meaning

    German: nickname for a loud or irascible man, from Middle High German doner ‘thunder’ (Old High German thonar).

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of German Donner ‘thunder’ as a surname (compare 1 above).

    English (Lincolnshire): of Norman origin, a nickname from Anglo-Norman donour ‘giver, granter, generous, open-handed person’.

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

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