Ida May Oliver

28 September 1879–8 November 1986 (Age 107)
Osceola, Clarke, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Ida May

When Ida May Oliver was born on 28 September 1879, in Osceola, Clarke, Iowa, United States, her father, Milton Bradley Oliver, was 46 and her mother, Sarah Emma Van Alstine, was 38. She married Joseph Calvin Donner on 23 June 1907, in Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in White Cloud, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1930 and White Cloud Township, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 8 November 1986, in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 107, and was buried in East Liberty Cemetery, Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Calvin Donner
Ida May Oliver
Marriage: 23 June 1907
Dorothy Emma Donner
Ruth Caroline Donner
Joseph Calvin Donner Jr
Auren Randall Donner

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 June 1907Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
    Age 2
    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
    1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles
    Age 3
    Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
    1907 · Not for profit elections
    Age 28
    The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

    Name Meaning

    English (northern), southern Scottish, southern French, and German: from the Old French personal name Oliver (modern French Olivier). This became common largely through the influence of the immensely popular narrative poem Chanson de Roland, in which the warrior Oliver is the wise best friend of the doomed hero Roland. The two men were peers at the court of Charlemagne, and the name is probably of ancient Germanic origin. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ (see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . Old Norse Óláf (see Olliff ) and ancient Germanic Alfhari (composed of the elements alf ‘elf’ and hari ‘army’) have also been suggested as sources, but both personal names are difficult to explain phonetically, especially the latter. The Anglo-Norman name has been established in Ireland (Louth) since at least the 14th century, and was reinforced in Ulster and Limerick by migrants from England in the 17th century. The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.Catalan: generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to a homonymous personal name (see 1 above).History: The surname Oliver of French origin (see 1 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.

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

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    Sources (18)

    • Ida May Oliver, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
    • Ida M Oliver, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
    • Ida Mae Donner in entry for Joseph Calvin Donner, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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