Bill Orvis

about 1872–
Shell Rock, Butler, Iowa, United States

The Life of Bill

When Bill Orvis was born about 1872, in Shell Rock, Butler, Iowa, United States, his father, Fletcher Lindsley Orvis, was 28 and his mother, Josephine Drury Cunningham, was 23.

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Fletcher Lindsley Orvis
Josephine Drury Cunningham
Myrtle J. Orvis
Bill Orvis
Katherine S. Orvis
Fletcher Eugene Orvis
Bernice Leona Orvis
William Penn Orvis
Mary A. Orvis
Guy Drury Orvis
Nora B Orvis

Parents and Siblings



    Myrtle J. Orvis



    Fletcher Eugene Orvis



    Bernice Leona Orvis


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World Events (3)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 0

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1872 · The Amnesty Act

Age 0

A federal law which reversed most of the penalties on former Confederate soldiers by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Act affected over 150,000 troops that were a part of the Civil War.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 12

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.

Name Meaning

English (Suffolk): unexplained.

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

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