James Byron Bunnell

12 May 1909–25 March 1953 (Age 43)
Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of James Byron

When James Byron Bunnell was born on 12 May 1909, in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa, United States, his father, Fred Samuel Bunnell, was 33 and his mother, Lulu Bell Burns, was 22. He lived in Lincoln Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1930 and Boone Township, Dallas, Iowa, United States for about 1 years. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 25 March 1953, in Yale, Guthrie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Waukee, Dallas, Iowa, United States.

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1910 · The BSA is Made
Age 1
Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam
Age 4
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 13
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

English:habitational name from Bunwell in Norfolk. The placename is from Old English bune ‘reed’ + wella ‘spring, stream’. Old forms of the surname suggest a second, non-habitational source.(of Norman origin): possibly from French Bunel, a shortened form of Busonal, a nickname derived from buson ‘buzzard’ used for someone considered simple, silly.

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

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Sources (12)

  • James B Bonnell in household of Tred S Bonnell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James B Bunnell in household of Fred S Bunnell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James B. Bunell, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"

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