Reaka Margretha Oetken

27 June 1889–21 October 1985 (Age 96)
Grant Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States

The Life of Reaka Margretha

When Reaka Margretha Oetken was born on 27 June 1889, in Grant Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States, her father, Renke Brahms Oetken, was 36 and her mother, Catherine Thalke Dirks, was 26. She married Garrieth Renken on 8 February 1907, in Grant Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Plymouth, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Preston Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States in 1910. She died on 21 October 1985, in Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Craig, Plymouth, Iowa, United States.

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Garrieth Renken
Reaka Margretha Oetken
Marriage: 8 February 1907
Gareith Jurgen Renken Jr.
Herman Renken
William Renken
Luella Marie Renken
Walter John Renken

Spouse and Children

8 February 1907
Grant Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Renke Brahms Oetken


    Catherine Thalke Dirks




World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

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.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 24

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 27

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Odo ( see Ode ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ricka Renken in household of Gareith Renken, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rebka Renken in household of Garret Renken, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Reaka Renken in household of Gareith Renken, "United States Census, 1940"

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