Oliver Howard Harper

1 May 1917–14 February 1998 (Age 80)
Fayette, Howard, Missouri, United States

The Life of Oliver Howard

When Oliver Howard Harper was born on 1 May 1917, in Fayette, Howard, Missouri, United States, his father, Charles Martin Harper, was 40 and his mother, Fannie Vesta Hayes, was 35. He married Margaret Avon Barber on 12 October 1945, in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas, United States for about 5 years and Lemay Township, St. Louis, Missouri, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 14 February 1998, at the age of 80, and was buried in Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Nevada City, Nevada, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Howard Harper
Margaret Avon Barber
Marriage: 12 October 1945
Vickie Lee Harper

Spouse and Children

12 October 1945
Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States


    Vickie Lee Harper


Parents and Siblings

    Charles Martin Harper


    Fannie Vesta Hayes




+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1918 · The Broadmoor Resort Opens

Age 1

On June 29 1918, the much anticipated Broadmoor Resort opens. It is the handy work of entrepreneur Spencer Penrose.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 17

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1941 · Red Rocks Amphitheatre Opens

Age 24

On June 15 1941, the only naturally occurring, acustically perfect amphitheatre of its kind in the world, was opend to visitors. It features animals, plants birds, and insects from both the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Oliver Howard Harper, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Howard Harper in household of Martin Harper, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oliver H Harper, "United States Census, 1940"

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