Ida May Oliver

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

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

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23 June 1907
Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States


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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

1 English, Scottish, Welsh, and German: from the Old French personal name Olivier, which was taken to England by the Normans from France. It was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as having been borne by one of Charlemagne's paladins, the faithful friend of Roland, about whose exploits there were many popular romances. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ ( see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.2 Catalan and southern French (Occitan): generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to the homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ida M Oliver, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Ida May Oliver in household of Emma Oliver, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ida Donner in household of Joe Donner, "United States Census, 1940"

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