Strauther Van Pleak

Male13 July 1900–3 June 1991

Brief Life History of Strauther Van

When Strauther Van Pleak was born on 13 July 1900, in Oakland, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, Dawson Steuben Pleak, was 42 and his mother, Caroline Alice Olney, was 33. He married Verna Faye Pierce on 5 December 1924, in Mills, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Belknap Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Oakland, Salem, New Jersey, United States in 1953. He died on 3 June 1991, in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Oakland, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Strauther Van Pleak
Verna Faye Pierce
Marriage: 5 December 1924
Llyra Faye Pleak
Verla Ann Pleak

Sources (18)

  • S L Pleak in household of D S Pleak, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Pleak, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • Strauther V. Pleak, "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 December 1924Mills, Iowa, United States
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)

    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

    Age 1

    President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.


    Age 3

    The Public Service Corporation (PSC) was formed on May 6, 1903. The company began as a merger of a power company with four different trolley companies. PSC would ultimately combine with over 400 other companies.

    1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

    Age 26

    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

    English: unexplained.

    Probably an Americanized form of German Flick or of Flück, a nickname for an active person, from Middle High German vlücke ‘feathered, ready to leave the nest’.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Strauther Pleak

    Strauther was also a progressive farmer for many years. He and Max Green owned the P & G Elevator at Hancock, Iowa for 30 years. He was a member of the Oakland Christian Church. Ark Lodge #335, York R …

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