John Henry Finch

30 October 1919–30 August 2007 (Age 87)
Keokuk, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Henry

When John Henry Finch was born on 30 October 1919, in Keokuk, Iowa, United States, his father, Henry Finch, was 44 and his mother, Neva Lena Williams, was 36. He lived in Adams Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and English Township, Lucas, Iowa, United States in 2007. He died on 30 August 2007, in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States.

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Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 3

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.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English finch ‘finch’ (Old English finc). In the Middle Ages this bird had a reputation for stupidity. It may perhaps also in part represent a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught finches and sold them as songsters or for the cooking pot. The surname is found in all parts of Britain but is most common in Lancashire. See also Fink .

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

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  • John H Finch in household of Henry Finch, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John H Finch in household of Henry Finch, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John H Finch in household of Henry Finch, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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