Lawrence William Platz

27 January 1913–17 April 1996 (Age 83)
Valley Township, Grant, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Lawrence William

When Lawrence William Platz was born on 27 January 1913, in Valley Township, Grant, Oklahoma, United States, his father, Alva ( Alvin) James Platz, was 20 and his mother, Elva Mabel Barber, was 17. He married Eunice Eugina Welsh on 15 July 1933. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Alberta, Canada in 1916. He died on 17 April 1996, in Drayton Valley, Brazeau No. 77, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 83.

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Lawrence William Platz
Eunice Eugina Welsh
Marriage: 15 July 1933
Marvin Virgil Platz
Deward Roy PLatz

Spouse and Children

15 July 1933


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 4

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 22

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

1 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the main (market) square of a town or village, from (respectively) Middle High German plaz, German Platz ‘town square’. As a Jewish name it may also be one of the names randomly selected by government officials when surnames were made compulsory. In Tyrol, where many farms are called Platz(l), the name refers to an opening or suitable site for a dwelling.2 German: metonymic occupational name from platz, plotz ‘wedge for splitting stone’, or a nickname for a big, heavy man, from the same word in a transferred sense.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lawrence Platz in household of Alva Platz, "Canada Census, 1916"
  • William Platz in entry for Jacob Platz, "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Lawrence William Platz - Individual or family possessions: birth: 27 January 1913; Valley Township, Grant, Oklahoma, United States

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