Clarence Willis Bratches

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

The Life of Clarence Willis

When Clarence Willis Bratches was born on 12 December 1897, in 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 Harrison, Iowa, United States. He lived in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 23 July 1965, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67.

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Clarence Willis Bratches
Eva Ellen Miller
Marriage: 11 March 1922

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11 March 1922
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

1 English: variant of Brach 2, the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.2 Probably a partly Americanized form of Swiss German Bretscher, an occupational name for a sawyer, from Brett ‘plank’, ‘board’ + scher, a reduced form of Scherer ‘cutter’, a derivative of scheren ‘to cut’, ‘sever’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clarence W Bratches, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Clarence W Bratches in household of George W Bratches, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Clarence Bratches, "United States Census, 1940"

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