Katherine M. Sommer

Brief Life History of Katherine M.

When Katherine M. Sommer was born on 20 February 1896, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, her father, Arnold Sommer, was 38 and her mother, Maria Katharina Sturtz, was 37. She married Charles Edward Wians on 21 November 1914, in Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died on 16 September 1994, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Burbank, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Charles Edward Wians
1889–1951
Katherine M. Sommer
1896–1994
Marriage: 21 November 1914
Eleanor Katherine Wians
1914–2008
Andrew C Wians
1921–1996

Sources (13)

  • Cathrine Sommer in household of Arnold Sommer, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Katherine G. Sommer, "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940"
  • Catherine Sommers, "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920"

World Events (8)

1897 · The Union Loop Elevated

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

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.

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Otto, Hans, Fritz, Aloys, Helmut, Wolfram, Armin, Eldor, Erwin, Gerhard, Guenther.

German, Danish, and Norwegian: from Middle German sumer, Danish, Norwegian sommer ‘summer’, a nickname for someone with a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone associated with the season of summer in some other way, e.g. because he was born or found (as a foundling) in this part of the year, or through a tax or rent obligation, or from living in a sunny place.

German: occupational name from Middle High German soumǣre, sommer, Middle Low German somer(e) ‘pack animal’, or a leader of those.

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

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