Willard Orville Rutherford

19 November 1882–11 January 1968 (Age 85)
Missouri, United States

The Life Summary of Willard Orville

Willard Orville Rutherford was born on 19 November 1882, in Missouri, United States. He married Orpha May Lawton on 8 February 1911, in Jo Daviess, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States in 1935 and Oelwein, Fayette, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 11 January 1968, at the age of 85, and was buried in Oelwein, Fayette, Iowa, United States.

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Willard Orville Rutherford
Orpha May Lawton
Marriage: 8 February 1911
Colleen Lawton Rutherford
Maxine R Rutherford
Janice J Rutherford

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 February 1911Jo Daviess, Illinois, United States
  • Children


    World Events (8)

    1884 · There is now a Capital Building
    Age 2
    The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
    1904 · The World's Fair of 1904
    Age 22
    St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
    1906 · Saving Food Labels
    Age 24
    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and northern English: habitational name from a place in the Scottish Borders near Roxburgh, probably named with an early British river name of unknown etymology + Old English ford ‘ford’. There is another place of the same name in North Yorkshire, named with hryðer ‘cattle’ + Old English ford ‘ford’, but this does not seem to have contributed to the surname.

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

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    Sources (10)

    • Willard O Rutherford, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
    • Willard O Rutherford, "United States Census, 1930"
    • Willard Rutherford, "United States Census, 1940"

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