William Eastman Usher

15 July 1881–22 October 1958 (Age 77)
Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of William Eastman

When William Eastman Usher was born on 15 July 1881, in Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Elijah Soyer Usher, was 51 and his mother, Lucinda Eastman, was 41. He married Pearl Ada Wildman on 27 May 1907, in Elwood, Gosper, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States for about 15 years and Logan Election Precinct, Clackamas, Oregon, United States in 1940. He died on 22 October 1958, in Elmwood, Cass, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Elwood, Gosper, Nebraska, United States.

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William Eastman Usher
Pearl Ada Wildman
Marriage: 27 May 1907
Herbert Mark Usher
Howard Gilbert Usher
Audrey Geraldine Usher
Vera Maxine Usher
Lowell Usher

Spouse and Children

27 May 1907
Elwood, Gosper, Nebraska, United States


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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

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.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 2

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 21

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a janitor or gatekeeper, Middle English usher (Anglo-Norman French usser, Old French ussier, huissier, from Late Latin ustiarius, a derivative of classical Latin ostium ‘door’, ‘gate’). The term was also used in the Middle Ages of a court official charged with accompanying a person of rank on ceremonial occasions, and this may be a partial souce of the surname. This surname has been recorded in Ireland since the 14th century, and has sometimes been used as an equivalent of Hession .2 Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): from a southern Yiddish pronunciation of the Yiddish male personal name Osher (Hebrew Asher ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Willan E Usher, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William E Usher in household of Herbert M Usher, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William E Usher, "United States Census, 1930"

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