Josephine Pauline Karli

14 July 1895–15 January 1994 (Age 98)
Merrill, Plymouth, Iowa, United States

The Life of Josephine Pauline

When Josephine Pauline Karli was born on 14 July 1895, in Merrill, Plymouth, Iowa, United States, her father, Augustine Felix Karli, was 40 and her mother, Wilhelmina Wettsteadt, was 33. She married Nils Ahrendsen in August 1918, in Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Plymouth, Plymouth, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 15 January 1994, in Merrill, Plymouth, Iowa, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Merrill, Plymouth, Iowa, United States.

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Nils Ahrendsen
Josephine Pauline Karli
Marriage: August 1918
Bernhart Ahrendsen
Melvin Ahrendsen

Spouse and Children

August 1918
Iowa, United States


    Bernhart Ahrendsen



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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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 18

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 27

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

1 Italian: patronymic or plural form of Carlo .2 Swiss German: variant of Karle .

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

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Sources (2)

  • Josephine Karly in household of Felix Karly, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Josephine Karli in household of Felix Karli, "United States Census, 1910"

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