William James Bird

31 July 1882–about 15 July 1970 (Age 87)
Kingsbury, South Dakota, United States

The Life Summary of William James

When William James Bird was born on 31 July 1882, in Kingsbury, South Dakota, United States, his father, Courtland Baker Bird, was 28 and his mother, Mary Ellen Irvine, was 31. He married Iva May Schafer on 28 June 1910, in Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Sherman, Dunn, Wisconsin, United States for about 20 years and Wisconsin, United States in 1970. He died about 15 July 1970, in Boyceville, Dunn, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Sherman Cemetery, Wheeler, Dunn, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

William James Bird
Iva May Schafer
Marriage: 28 June 1910
Frederick Allen Bird
Florence Mae Bird
Dean Laverne Bird
Raymond R Bird
Kenneth Eugene Bird
Rosalie Iva Bird

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 June 1910Wisconsin, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire
    Age 1
    A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
    Age 4
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
    1906 · Saving Food Labels
    Age 24
    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: nickname for a young or a small and slender person, from Middle English brid, bird, burd (Old English bird, brid, perhaps also byrd) ‘bird, young bird’, also ‘young man, young woman, child’.Irish: Anglicized form of a number of Irish names erroneously thought to contain the element éan ‘bird’, in particular Ó hÉinigh (see Heagney ), Ó hÉanna (see Heaney ), Ó hÉanacháin (see Heneghan ), and Mac an Déaghanaigh (see McEneaney ).Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Vogel , French Loiseau , Czech Ptáček (see Ptacek ) and Pták, Polish Ptak .

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

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    Sources (37)

    • William Bird in household of C B Bird, "Wisconsin, State Census, 1905"
    • William James Bird, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"
    • L W J Bird in household of C B Bird, "United States Census, 1900"

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