Myrtle Gertrude Austin

Brief Life History of Myrtle Gertrude

When Myrtle Gertrude Austin was born on 17 May 1881, in Iowa, United States, her father, John Wesley Austin, was 33 and her mother, Eliza Jane Smalley, was 25. She married William Whitten Clark on 26 January 1898, in McDonald, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Snohomish, Washington, United States for about 10 years and Snohomish, Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1930. She died on 24 December 1943, in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Yakima, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Whitten Clark
1875–1954
Myrtle Gertrude Austin
1881–1943
Marriage: 26 January 1898
Vita Nettie Floe Clark
1899–1944
Oscar Clark
1900–1900
John Albert Clark
1901–1956
Jacob Floyd Glen Clark
1903–1974
Louis Cass Clark
1904–1982
Iva Katherine Clark
1906–1976
Samuel Wesley Clark
1908–1975
Verna Louise Clark
1910–1978
Marjory Belle Clark
1911–1927
Doris Anita Clark
1913–1987
William Henry Clark
1915–1972
Lucy Agnes Clark
1917–1988
Myrtle Pauline Clark
1919–1990
Joseph Winford Clark
1923–1987

Sources (27)

  • Myrtle G Clark in household of William W Clark, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Myrtle Gertrude Austin Clark, "Find a Grave Index"
  • Myrtle Austin in entry for Gilman Dolven and Myrtle Clark, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

1884 · There is now a Capital Building

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English, French, and German: from the personal name Austin, from Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus (see Augustin ). This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of Saint Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by Saint Augustine of Canterbury (died c. 605), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to southern England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury.

English: variant of Aspden , with which this surname became confused.

History: This was the name of a merchant family that became established in eastern MA in the 17th century, notably in Charlestown. Richard Austin came from England and landed at Boston in 1638, and his son Anthony was clerk of Suffield, CT, in 1674. The surname is very common in England as well as America; this Richard Austin was only one of a number of bearers who brought it to North America. — In 1821 Stephen F. Austin (1793–1836), born in Austinville VA, founded the first Anglo colony in TX.

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

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