Blanche Mae Ross

Female2 February 1900–2 January 1982

Brief Life History of Blanche Mae

When Blanche Mae Ross was born on 2 February 1900, in Cincinnati, Appanoose, Iowa, United States, her father, George Washington Ross, was 36 and her mother, Elizabeth Bell Peckam, was 38. She married Hiram Eldon Farris on 20 January 1924. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Pleasant Township, Appanoose, Iowa, United States for about 40 years. She died on 2 January 1982, in Appanoose, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Cincinnati, Appanoose, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hiram Eldon Farris
1897–1974
Blanche Mae Ross
1900–1982
Marriage: 20 January 1924
Ferris
1924–
Goldie Maxine Farris
1925–2013
Eldon Hiram Farris Sr.
1927–2001
Keith Franklin Farris
1930–2002
Neal R Farris
1934–
Ruby Geneva Farris
1936–1992
Jackie D Farris
1939–2009
Jerry Wayne Farris
1942–1975

Sources (25)

  • May B Farris in household of Hiram E Farris, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Blanche Mae Ross, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • Mae Ross, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 January 1924
  • Children (8)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

    Age 1

    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.

    1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

    Age 13

    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 22

    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: habitational name from one or other of a number of Scottish and English places called Ross or Roos(e), especially Roose (Lancashire) and Roos (East Yorkshire). The placenames derive from a British ancestor of Welsh rhos ‘moor, heath, plain’, which is the sense of the cognate Gaelic word ros. The Scottish surname has at least three origins. First, the Anglo-Norman family from Roos (East Yorkshire) was introduced to Scotland when Robert of Roos, lord of Wark Castle (Northumberland), married Isabella, an illegitimate daughter of King William the Lion. Second, various families took the name from the province of Ross in northern Scotland and other places of that name. Third, there were Norman families in Scotland by the 13th century who probably derived their name from Rots in Normandy (see 2 below). The descendants of Godfrey de Ros, tenant of the de Morville lords of Cunninghame, were major landholders in Ayrshire, and almost certainly took their name from Rots. The Rose family of Kilravock (Nairnshire) may take their name from either of these three (see Rose ). The lairds of Balnagown adopted the surname Ross after the earldom of Ross (to which they considered themselves rightful heirs) had passed into other hands through the female line.

    English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rots in Calvados (France), probably named with the ancient Germanic element rod ‘clearing’ (compare Rhodes ). This was the original home of a family de Ros, who were established in Kent in 1130 and had major estates in Kent until well into the 13th century.

    English: habitational name from Wrose, in Shipley, near Bradford (Yorkshire), with re-spelling of Wr- as R- due to the loss of /w/ before /r/ in early modern English pronunciation. The spelling Wrose is no longer current. The placename derives from Old English wrāse ‘knot, something twisted’, referring to the steep-sided hill on which the settlement stands, with the sense ‘broken or twisting hill’.

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

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