Jay Phillip Best Sr

14 January 1899–2 September 1986 (Age 87)
Mitchell, Mitchell, Iowa, United States

The Life of Jay Phillip

When Jay Phillip Best Sr was born on 14 January 1899, in Mitchell, Mitchell, Iowa, United States, his father, Philip Henry Best, was 43 and his mother, Helen A Nixon, was 38. He married Caroline Margaret Capretz on 7 June 1919, in Lyle, Mower, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Austin, Mower, Minnesota, United States in 1920 and Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, United States in 1930. He died on 2 September 1986, in Mower, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 87.

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Jay Phillip Best Sr
Caroline Margaret Capretz
Marriage: 7 June 1919
Jay Phillip Jr. Best
Shirley Best
William Dean Best
Mary Jane Best

Spouse and Children

7 June 1919
Lyle, Mower, Minnesota, United States


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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1906 · The End of Capital Punishment

Age 7

Between the state's entry into the Union and 1906, 27 people were executed by hanging in Minnesota. Public opinion soon shifted against the death penalty in the state and was formally abolished in 1911. Since its abolishment, there have been 23 attempts to reinstate the death penalty, but none of these bills passed the state legislature.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 24

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jay P Bert in household of Philip H Bert, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James P Best, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jay P Best in household of Philip Henry Best, "United States Census, 1910"

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