Ethel Louisa Ransom

28 February 1881–4 November 1913 (Age 32)
Kniest Township, Carroll, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ethel Louisa

When Ethel Louisa Ransom was born on 28 February 1881, in Kniest Township, Carroll, Iowa, United States, her father, George Palmer Ransom, was 31 and her mother, Mary Emaline Gamble, was 24. She married William Ralph Waits on 16 October 1898. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Earl Township, Frontier, Nebraska, United States in 1900 and White Cross Election Precinct, Ada, Idaho, United States in 1910. She died on 4 November 1913, at the age of 32, and was buried in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Ralph Waits
Ethel Louisa Ransom
Marriage: 16 October 1898
Ruby Gertrude Waits
Mildred Josephine Waits
Raymond Ralph Waits
Vernon Ransom Waits

Spouse and Children

16 October 1898


Parents and Siblings

    George Palmer Ransom





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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 3

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.

Age 9

Idaho is the 43rd state.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly East Anglia): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Rand(e) ( see Rand 1).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ethel L Waits in household of Ralph Waits, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ethel L Waite in household of William R Waite, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ethel Louisa Waits, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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