Homer Van Widdifield

5 June 1895–1 December 1964 (Age 69)
Payne, Paulding, Ohio, United States

The Life of Homer Van

When Homer Van Widdifield was born on 5 June 1895, in Payne, Paulding, Ohio, United States, his father, William Elmer Widdifield, was 31 and his mother, Jessie Van Zant, was 28. He married Leona Sarah Rankin on 26 June 1921, in DeKalb, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Springfield Township, Allen, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1917. He died on 1 December 1964, in Marion, Grant, Indiana, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in New Haven, Allen, Indiana, United States.

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Homer Van Widdifield
Leona Sarah Rankin
Marriage: 26 June 1921
Barbara Anne Widdifield

Spouse and Children

26 June 1921
DeKalb, Indiana, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Elmer Widdifield


    Jessie Van Zant




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 9

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from an unidentified place, perhaps Widefield in Devon or Buckinghamshire, named in Old English with wīd ‘wide’ + feld ‘open country’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Homer Widdfield, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Homer Widdifield, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Homer Widdifield in household of Wm E Widdifield, "United States Census, 1910"

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