Martha Frances Rathwell

Female14 March 1891–

Brief Life History of Martha Frances

When Martha Frances Rathwell was born on 14 March 1891, in Cedar Township, Washington, Iowa, United States, her father, James Rathmell, was 30 and her mother, Ida May Turner, was 30. She married Ira William Shenefelt on 23 June 1909, in Washington, Iowa, United States. She lived in Riverside, Washington, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Washington, Washington, Iowa, United States in 1930.

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Ira William Shenefelt
Martha Frances Rathwell
Marriage: 23 June 1909

Sources (10)

  • Maftu F Rathmell in household of James Rathmell, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Martha Frances Rathwell, "Iowa, Births and Christenings, 1830-1950"
  • Mattie Francis Rathmell, "Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992"

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  • Marriage
    23 June 1909Washington, Iowa, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    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

    English (Lancashire): variant of Rowell . This name was brought to Ireland (Meath) from England in the 17th century.

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

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