William Samuel Morrison

3 October 1897–15 May 1988 (Age 90)
Washington Township, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Samuel

When William Samuel Morrison was born on 3 October 1897, in Washington Township, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States, his father, John Andrew Morrison, was 27 and his mother, Blanch Elizabeth Usfer, was 20. He married Reba Elizabeth Stull on 28 January 1933, in Scott, Iowa, United States. He lived in Marion Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 15 May 1988, in Conrad, Grundy, Iowa, United States, at the age of 90.

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William Samuel Morrison
Reba Elizabeth Stull
Marriage: 28 January 1933

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28 January 1933
Scott, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 16

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 25

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from the personal name Morris .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Morison in household of John Morison, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William S Morrison in household of John A Morrison, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William S Morrison in household of John Morrison, "United States Census, 1910"

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