Ethel Byrd

26 January 1878–2 January 1932 (Age 53)
Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States

The Life of Ethel

When Ethel Byrd was born on 26 January 1878, in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States, her father, James Polk Byrd, was 31 and her mother, Lydia Lucinda Card, was 29. She married Howard Vale on 19 December 1899, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 2 January 1932, in Lombard, DuPage, Illinois, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Niles, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Howard Vale
Ethel Byrd
Marriage: 19 December 1899
Joseph B Vale
Bertha A Vale
Bertha W Vale
James Phillip Vale

Spouse and Children

    Howard Vale



19 December 1899
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States


    Joseph B Vale


    Bertha A Vale


    Bertha W Vale


    James Phillip Vale


Parents and Siblings

    James Polk Byrd


    Lydia Lucinda Card




    May Byrd Crippa


    Fred Byrd



    Rey Byrd Mulkey


World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

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.
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 7

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.
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 15

The  Chicago World's Fair was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to construct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the inventions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France. 

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Bird .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ethel Vale in household of Howard Vale, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ethel Vale in household of Howard Vale, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ethel Vale in household of Howard Vale, "United States Census, 1930"

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