William Silas Slack

1856–27 August 1944 (Age 88)
Ohio, United States

The Life of William Silas

When William Silas Slack was born in 1856, in Ohio, United States, his father, Frederick M. Slack, was 35 and his mother, Harriet Baldwin, was 34. He married Kate Bandy on 21 November 1894, in Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Jamestown, Campbell, Kentucky, United States in 1860 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 27 August 1944, in Salem, Marion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Salem, Marion, Illinois, United States.

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William Silas Slack
Kate Bandy
Marriage: 21 November 1894
William Silas Slack Jr.
Frederick B Slack
Harriett Eloise Slack

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21 November 1894
Marion, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 0

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 5

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 29

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

1 English and Dutch: nickname for an idle person, from Middle Dutch slac, Middle English slack, ‘lazy’, ‘careless’.2 English: topographic name from northern Middle English slack ‘shallow valley’ (Old Norse slakki), or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, for example near Stainland and near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.3 Scottish (Dumfriesshire): habitational name, maybe from Slake or Slack in Roberton, Roxburghshire (now part of Borders region).

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

Sources (3)

  • William Slack in household of F W Slack, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Slack in household of Harriet Slack, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William A Slack in household of Harriett Slack, "United States Census, 1880"

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