Clara Viola Womeldorf

22 September 1863–11 April 1921 (Age 57)
Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States

The Life of Clara Viola

When Clara Viola Womeldorf was born on 22 September 1863, in Decorah, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States, her father, Michael Womeldorf, was 30 and her mother, Mary Abigail Drake, was 22. She married John Oscar Van Syckel on 4 April 1881, in West Union, Fayette, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Decorah Township, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States in 1870 and Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, United States in 1920. She died on 11 April 1921, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, United States.

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John Oscar Van Syckel
Clara Viola Womeldorf
Marriage: 4 April 1881
Marie Vansyckel

Spouse and Children

4 April 1881
West Union, Fayette, Iowa, United States


    Marie Vansyckel


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 4

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 18

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

German: variant spelling of Womelsdorf .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clara V Van Syckel in household of John O Van Syckel, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Clara E Womeldorf in household of Michel Womeldorf, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Clara Womeldorf in entry for Emery T. Harkman and Marie Vansyckel, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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