Helen Elizabeth Wanamaker

3 February 1919–August 1969 (Age 50)
Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Helen Elizabeth

Helen Elizabeth Wanamaker was born on 3 February 1919, in Iowa, United States. She died in August 1969, at the age of 50.

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World Events (3)

1920
Age 1
The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1920
Age 1
Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi
Age 3
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

Altered spelling of Dutch Wannemaeker ‘maker of winnowing baskets’. A winnowing basket is a type of object that is now quite unknown, except perhaps in a few museums, but was familiar on every farm in Europe in bygone centuries. Compare the German cognate Wannemacher .

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

Possible Related Names

Wannemacher

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