Edward Douglas Van Valkenburg

8 June 1865–21 November 1908 (Age 43)
Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life of Edward Douglas

When Edward Douglas Van Valkenburg was born on 8 June 1865, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States, his father, John Van Valkenburg, was 33 and his mother, Mary James Douglass, was 27. He married Bertha or Bertia Ferrell on 30 October 1890, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 21 November 1908, in Niota, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Fort Madison City Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States.

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Edward Douglas Van Valkenburg
Alice Mae Echelberger
Marriage: 1896
Amber Van Valkenburg

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Lee, Iowa, United States


    Amber Van Valkenburg


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World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 2

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 12

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Edward D Vanvalkenburg in household of John Vanvalkenburg, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Edward D Van Valkenburg in household of John Van Valkenburg, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Eddie Van Valkenburg in household of John Van Valkenburg, "United States Census, 1880"

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