Effie Mae Wilson

3 November 1903–27 December 1971 (Age 68)
Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of Effie Mae

When Effie Mae Wilson was born on 3 November 1903, in Decatur, Iowa, United States, her father, Elmer John Wilson, was 34 and her mother, Mary Alice Corder, was 31. She married Golden Ray Johnston on 29 December 1920, in Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Wayne, Iowa, United States in 1935 and De Witt, Clinton, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 27 December 1971, in Clinton, Iowa, United States, at the age of 68.

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Family Time Line

Golden Ray Johnston
Effie Mae Wilson
Marriage: 29 December 1920
Lois Evelyn Johnston
Gerald Dean Johnston
Lyle Duane Johnston
Anna Mary Johnston
Phyllis Johnston
Herman Max Johnston

Spouse and Children

29 December 1920
Leon, Decatur, Iowa, United States


    Lois Evelyn Johnston


    Gerald Dean Johnston


    Lyle Duane Johnston


    Anna Mary Johnston


    Phyllis Johnston


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Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 10

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 19

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, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from the personal name Will , a very common medieval short form of William .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Effie Mae Wilson, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Effie Mae Wilson, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Effie Johnston in household of Ray G Johnston, "United States Census, 1940"

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