Fern Rosalie Guenther

21 May 1898–18 February 1995 (Age 96)
Palo Alto Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States

The Life of Fern Rosalie

When Fern Rosalie Guenther was born on 21 May 1898, in Palo Alto Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States, her father, August Ludwig Guenther, was 28 and her mother, Hulda Bertha Romberg, was 26. She married Morley Cecil Darby on 5 September 1917, in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1925 and English River Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 18 February 1995, in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States.

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Morley Cecil Darby
Fern Rosalie Guenther
Marriage: 5 September 1917
Walter Cecil Darby

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5 September 1917
North English, Iowa, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 15

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.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 28

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

German (Günther): from a Germanic personal name composed of gund ‘battle’ + hari, heri ‘army’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Fern Guenther, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Ferne Darby in household of Morley C Darby, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Fern Darby in household of Marley C Darby, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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