Ethel Belle Sanderson

18 January 1891–
Hillsboro, Henry, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ethel Belle

When Ethel Belle Sanderson was born on 18 January 1891, in Hillsboro, Henry, Iowa, United States, her father, Cornelius Lacy Sanderson, was 36 and her mother, Sarah Catharine Greenup, was 29. She married William Dorman Eaton on 18 September 1912. She lived in Salem Township, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Salem, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1910.

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William Dorman Eaton
Ethel Belle Sanderson
Marriage: 18 September 1912

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18 September 1912

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 22

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.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 31

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: patronymic from the personal name Sander ( see Alexander ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ethel B Sanderson in household of C* Sanderson, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ethel B Sanderson in household of Cornelius L Sanderson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ethel Belle Sanderson, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"

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