William Strange Ernst

January 1862–
Iowa, United States

The Life of William Strange

When William Strange Ernst was born in January 1862, in Iowa, United States, his father, William Strange Ernst, was 24 and his mother, Hannah Elizabeth Vorhis, was 25. He married Eva Margaret Mcpherson on 26 January 1890, in Burt, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Craig, Burt, Nebraska, United States in 1900 and Craig, Burt, Nebraska Territory, United States in 1910.

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William Strange Ernst
Eva Margaret Mcpherson
Marriage: 26 January 1890
Ira Lane Ernst
Ross William Ernst
Effie Silvia Ernst

Spouse and Children

26 January 1890
Burt, Nebraska, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Strange Ernst


    Hannah Elizabeth Vorhis




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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 5

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 34

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.

Name Meaning

1 German and Dutch: from the personal name Ernst, which is most probably a byname from Middle High German and Middle Dutch ern(e)st ‘combat’, ‘serious business’. However, see Ernest .2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname or ornamental from German ernst ‘earnest’, ‘serious’.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William Ernest, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Ernst, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William S Earnst in household of Hannah E Earnst, "United States Census, 1870"

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