Sophia Wald

1860–1930 (Age 70)
Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, United States

The Life of Sophia

When Sophia Wald was born in 1860, in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, United States, her father, Ole J. Olson Vold, was 29 and her mother, Udbjørg Bertine Andersdatter Gaard, was 25. She married Charles J. Anderson on 12 April 1890, in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States. She died on 1 January 1930, at the age of 70.

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Sophia Wald
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World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 1

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 21

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 German and English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald, northern Middle English wald).2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Wald ‘forest’. Very few Jews would have been living anywhere near a forest at the time when they acquired surnames, so as a Jewish name its origins are unlikely to be topographic.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sasa Anderson in Iowa, U.S. Census Record
  • Susie Olson in the Nebraska, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1855-1908
  • Iowa Death Record for Susie Anderson

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