Clarence Willis Bratches

12 December 1897–23 July 1965 (Age 67)
Weston, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Clarence Willis

When Clarence Willis Bratches was born on 12 December 1897, in Weston, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, George Washington Bretches, was 30 and his mother, Amanda Maude Graybill, was 28. He married Eva Ellen Miller on 11 March 1922, in Logan, Harrison, Iowa, United States. He lived in Neola, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 23 July 1965, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Clarence Willis Bratches
Eva Ellen Miller
Marriage: 11 March 1922

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  • Marriage
    11 March 1922Logan, Harrison, Iowa, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 1
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam
    Age 16
    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.
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 19
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    English (Hampshire): variant of Bracher , from an agent derivative of Middle English brech ‘land broken up for cultivation’ (Old English brǣc, brēc), denoting a dweller by newly cultivated land.Americanized form of Swiss German Bretscher .Americanized form of South German Bratscher: nickname derived from Swabian dialect bratschen ‘to prattle’, a cognate of Braasch 1. The surname Bratscher is very rare in Germany.

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

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    Sources (15)

    • Clarance Willis Bratcher in entry for Clarice Louise Bratcher, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
    • Clarence W Bratches, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
    • Clarence W. Bratches, "Iowa, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1976"

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