Mary Ann Rouster

28 August 1902–August 1973 (Age 70)
Iowa, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Rouster was born on 28 August 1902, in Iowa, Iowa, United States, her father, Theodore ROUSTER, was 42 and her mother, Catharina Boltz, was 38. She married Donald Howard Thomson on 29 June 1926, in New Albin, Allamakee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. She lived in Center Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Iowa Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died in August 1973, in New Albin, Allamakee, Iowa, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in New Albin, Allamakee, Iowa, United States.

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Donald Howard Thomson
Mary Ann Rouster
Marriage: 29 June 1926
Elaine Marie Thomson
Elizabeth Thomson
Donna Thomson
Vera Marguerite Thompson

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World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor
Age 1
A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam
Age 11
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.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi
Age 20
The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

(1997: 2135;2007: 5712; 2010: 8056)English (Shropshire): nickname from the early modern English slang term roister denoting a wild or riotous person, a boisterous reveler, or a bully.

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

Sources (14)

  • Mary Ann Rouster, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
  • Mary Rouster, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Mary Ronster, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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