George Koster

18 May 1893–
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of George

When George Koster was born on 18 May 1893, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, Pieter Koster, was 44 and his mother, Elsien Kapper, was 42.

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Pieter Koster
Elsien Kapper
Effie Koster
Klass Koster
Mary Koster
George Koster

Parents and Siblings

    Pieter Koster





    Effie Koster




    Klass Koster


World Events (3)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

Age 4

The Loop was born in political scandal that combined the three elevated railways around Chicago and combined them into one. The scandal was to raise the fares for commuters so state legislators could receive more money while in office. 
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 5

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

1 Dutch and North German: status name for a sexton, Middle Dutch coster(e). Compare German Kuster .2 North German (Köster): occupational nickname or status name for a day laborer who owned no land, from Middle Low German koster, from kossater ‘cottager’.3 South German: occupational name for a wine taster, from kosten ‘to taste’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • George Koster, "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940"
  • George Korter, "Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915"
  • George Koster, "Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940"

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