Otis William Thiel

8 May 1897–14 April 1976 (Age 78)
Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, United States

The Life of Otis William

When Otis William Thiel was born on 8 May 1897, in Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, United States, his father, Wilhelm I. Thiel, was 27 and his mother, Flavea Lavina De Bois, was 28. He married Eva Margaret Clark on 31 October 1927, in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Richmond Township, Osceola, Michigan, United States for about 36 years. He died on 14 April 1976, in Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Reed City, Osceola, Michigan, United States.

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Otis William Thiel
Eva Margaret Clark
Marriage: 31 October 1927
John Otis Thiel
Ida Mae Thiel

Spouse and Children

31 October 1927
Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 6

Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car "Sweepstakes" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 21

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 North German and Dutch: reduced form of the personal name Thietilo, an early medieval pet form of Dietrich (German), Diederik (Dutch), or from some other compound name with the same first element.2 Eastern German: from a short form of Sorbian Bartyl, from the personal name Bartholomäus ( see Bartholomew ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Otis Thiel, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Otis Thiel, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Otis Theil in household of William Thiel, "United States Census, 1900"

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