David Elmer Fitzwater

30 October 1882–23 January 1940 (Age 57)
North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States

The Life of David Elmer

When David Elmer Fitzwater was born on 30 October 1882, in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States, his father, James Washington Fitzwater Jr., was 43 and his mother, Catherine Showalter, was 39. He married Ethel Marie Coghlan on 13 September 1914, in What Cheer, Keokuk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in What Cheer, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1915 and Gilroy, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1930. He died on 23 January 1940, in Mill Shoals, White, Illinois, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Mill Shoals, White, Illinois, United States.

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David Elmer Fitzwater
Rose Lee Musgraves
Marriage: 23 December 1916
Virginia Virgie Lee Fitzwater
Ennis Elmer Fitzwater
Sylvia Jean Fitzwater

Spouse and Children

23 December 1916
Fairfield, Wayne, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 2

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 3

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 16

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.

Name Meaning

Irish: altered spelling of the Anglo-Norman French patronymic Fitzwalter ‘son of Walter’ ( see Walter ). Compare Fitzgerald .

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

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Sources (3)

  • D E Fitzwalter in household of J W Fitzwalter, "Nebraska State Census, 1885"
  • Elmer Fitzwater in household of James Summitt, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Elmer Fitzwater, "Iowa State Census, 1915"

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