Stephen William Van Roekel

12 June 1908–August 1954 (Age 46)
Leighton, Mahaska, Iowa, United States

The Life of Stephen William

When Stephen William Van Roekel was born on 12 June 1908, in Leighton, Mahaska, Iowa, United States, his father, Aart Van Roekel, was 35 and his mother, Neeltje Visser, was 29. He lived in Pella, Marion, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Marion, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died in August 1954, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1910 · Angel Island Serves Immigrants

Age 2

Angel Island served as a western entry point for hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants, mainly from China, from 1910 to 1940.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 14

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

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

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  • Steven Van Rockel in household of Van Art Rockel, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Stephen Van Rockel in household of Art Van Rockel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Stephen Van Rockel in household of Aart Van Rockel, "United States Census, 1920"

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