Wade Franklin Topp

1917–1984 (Age 67)
Hubbard, Hardin, Iowa, United States

The Life of Wade Franklin

When Wade Franklin Topp was born on 28 March 1917, in Hubbard, Hardin, Iowa, United States, his father, Ernest Herbert Topp, was 26 and his mother, Elsie Martha Kuhfus, was 24. He lived in Sherman, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Sherman Township, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 26 July 1984, in Ames, Story, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Sherman Township, Hardin, Iowa, United States.

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Ernest Herbert Topp
Elsie Martha Kuhfus
Wade Franklin Topp
Marlyn G Topp

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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 5

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.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 18

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 English: from the Old English byname Topp meaning ‘tuft’, ‘crest’, or the cognate Old Norse Toppr.2 German: from Low German topp ‘point’, ‘tree top’, hence a topographic name; or alternatively a metonymic occupational name or nickname from the same word in the sense ‘braid’.3 German: variant of Dopp .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Wade Topp, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Wade F Tapp in household of Ernest Tapp, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Wade F Topp in household of Ernest H Topp, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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