Gwendolyn Eva Williams

Female26 April 1900–1 April 1984

Brief Life History of Gwendolyn Eva

When Gwendolyn Eva Williams was born on 26 April 1900, in Lamoni, Decatur, Iowa, United States, her father, Moses Zora Albert Williams, was 34 and her mother, Cynthia Ann Wasson, was 28. She married Alfred Michael on 14 November 1924, in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States. She lived in Blue Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1930 and Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 1 April 1984, at the age of 83.

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Alfred Michael
Gwendolyn Eva Williams
Marriage: 14 November 1924

Sources (6)

  • Glendolin Baker in household of Moses Williams, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Gwendolyn Eva Williams, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
  • Glendolin Williams in household of Moses Z Williams, "United States Census, 1910"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 November 1924Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

    Age 1

    President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

    1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

    Age 13

    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 22

    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: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

    History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

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

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