John Harm Kray

26 April 1900–19 December 1967 (Age 67)
Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Harm

When John Harm Kray was born on 26 April 1900, in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States, his father, Tjark Folken Kray, was 40 and his mother, Johanna Margaretha Remmers, was 37. He married Meta Marie Tapken on 25 April 1923, in Castle Grove, Jones, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Wayne Township, Jones, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Lovell Township, Jones, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 19 December 1967, in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Monticello, Jones, Iowa, United States.

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John Harm Kray
Meta Marie Tapken
Marriage: 25 April 1923
Doretta Johanna Kray
Loretta Helena Kray
Lawrence John Kray
Raymond Martin Kray
Berniece Lucille Kray

Spouse and Children

25 April 1923
Castle Grove, Jones, Iowa, United States


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    Johanna Margaretha Remmers




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World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 1

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 13

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.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 18

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a crow in some way, from Middle High German krā, krei(g)e ‘crow’.2 German: habitational name from a place called Kray, near Essen.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Kray in household of Jack Kray, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John H Kray, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • John Kray in household of Jack Kray, "United States Census, 1900"

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