Viola Catherine Gibson

17 October 1902–16 February 1988 (Age 85)
Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Viola Catherine

When Viola Catherine Gibson was born on 17 October 1902, in Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States, her father, John Frances Gibson, was 28 and her mother, Edith Maude Ettleman, was 17. She married Ralph Layrette Jenkins on 22 October 1921, in Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Rural, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Union Township, Crawford, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 16 February 1988, in Mondamin, Harrison, Iowa, United States, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Layrette Jenkins
Viola Catherine Gibson
Marriage: 22 October 1921
Lauretta Darlene Jenkins
Ralph Leroy Jenkins
Margaret Ellen Jenkins
John William Jenkins
Kenneth Eugene Jenkins
Jessie Dean Jenkins

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 October 1921Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor
    Age 1
    A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
    1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam
    Age 11
    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.
    1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world
    Age 24
    Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: patronymic from Gibb .

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

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    Sources (26)

    • Viola C Jenkins in household of Laynette R Jenkins, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
    • Viola L Jenkins in household of Ralph L Jenkins, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Viola Jenkins in household of R L Jenkins, "United States Census, 1930"

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