Joseph Holmes Packer

29 February 1896–11 January 1978 (Age 81)
Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States

The Life of Joseph Holmes

When Joseph Holmes Packer was born on 29 February 1896, in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States, his father, Benjamin Packer, was 33 and his mother, Anna E Whealen, was 29. He married Glenna Marriott on 30 June 1924, in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1935 and Rock Island, Rock Island Township, Rock Island, Illinois, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 11 January 1978, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Portland, Washington, Oregon, United States.

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Joseph Holmes Packer
Glenna Marriott
Marriage: 30 June 1924
Allen Holmes Packer

Spouse and Children

30 June 1924
Riverside, Riverside, California, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Mary Amanda Packer


    Ray Elisha Packer



World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 8

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 22

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a wool-packer, from an agent derivative of Middle English pack(en) ‘to pack’.2 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an agent derivative of Middle Low German pak, German Pack ‘package’, hence an occupational name for a wholesale trader, especially in the wool trade, one who sold goods in large packages rather than broken down into smaller quantities, or alternatively one who rode or drove pack animals to transport goods.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joseph H Packer, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Joseph Packer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Homes Packer in household of Benjamin Packer, "United States Census, 1900"

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