William Alter

20 July 1886–15 August 1964 (Age 78)
Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, United States

The Life of William

When William Alter was born on 20 July 1886, in Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, United States, his father, John Alter Jr, was 24 and his mother, Sarah C Mether, was 23. He married Pearl Della Cox on 29 December 1905. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Elk Point, Union, South Dakota, United States for about 10 years and Elk Point Township, Union, South Dakota, United States in 1940. He died on 15 August 1964, at the age of 78, and was buried in Elk Point, Union, South Dakota, United States.

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William Alter
Pearl Della Cox
Marriage: 29 December 1905
Harold James Alter
Howard Thomas Alter

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    Pearl Della Cox


29 December 1905


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 4

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 21

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

1 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): distinguishing epithet for the older of two bearers of the same personal name.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Alter, an inflected form of alt ‘old’. This was in part an omen name, expressing the parents’ hope that the child would live a long life; in part an apotropaic name, given to a child born after the death of a sibling, but also said to have sometimes been assumed by someone who was seriously ill. The purpose is supposed to have been to confuse the Angel of Death into thinking that the person was old and so not worth claiming as a victim.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Alter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Alter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Alter, "United States Census, 1920"

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