Elwyn Burdette Thompson

18 June 1918–21 January 2003 (Age 84)
Bagley, Guthrie, Iowa, United States

The Life of Elwyn Burdette

When Elwyn Burdette Thompson was born on 18 June 1918, in Bagley, Guthrie, Iowa, United States, his father, Claude Burdette Thompson, was 23 and his mother, Verna Marie Thomas, was 18. He died on 21 January 2003, at the age of 84, and was buried in Sanger Cemetery, Sanger, Fresno, California, United States.

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Elwyn Burdette Thompson
1918–2003
Leora Maxine Christy
1917–2009

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1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 4

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.
1941

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Thomas . Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.2 Americanized form of Thomsen .

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

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