Gabrielle Hurley Geyer

20 May 1897–9 February 1983 (Age 85)
Boone, Boone, Iowa, United States

The Life of Gabrielle Hurley

When Gabrielle Hurley Geyer was born on 20 May 1897, in Boone, Boone, Iowa, United States, her father, Wright Geyer, was 30 and her mother, Frances Jeanette Nichols, was 27. She married William McKinley Byers on 16 December 1916. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Webster Township, Polk, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and San Diego, San Diego, California, United States in 2000. She died on 9 February 1983, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Resthaven Cemetery, West Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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William McKinley Byers
Gabrielle Hurley Geyer
Marriage: 16 December 1916
Marie Jane Byers
Alice Jeanne Byers
William Edmund Byers
Patricia Louise Byers

Spouse and Children

16 December 1916


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 9

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

Age 23

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

German: nickname for a greedy or rapacious person, from Middle High and Middle Low German gīr(e) ‘large bird of prey’, ‘vulture’. Some early examples may be a habitational name from houses bearing the sign of a bird of prey or from a place named Geyer near Zwickau, in Saxony, which is probably ultimately from the same word.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Gabriel Geyer, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Gabriel Geyer in household of Wright Geyer, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Gabriell Geger in household of Wright Geger, "United States Census, 1910"

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