LaVern Peter "Vern" Schute

13 September 1920–12 September 2003 (Age 83)
Guttenberg, Clayton, Iowa, United States

The Life of LaVern Peter "Vern"

When LaVern Peter "Vern" Schute was born on 13 September 1920, in Guttenberg, Clayton, Iowa, United States, his father, Herman Schute, was 45 and his mother, Louise Henrietta Kreisler, was 41. He lived in Clayton, Clayton, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Jefferson, Clayton, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 12 September 2003, in Nashville, Washington, Illinois, United States, at the age of 82.

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Herman Schute
Louise Henrietta Kreisler
Arnold H. Schute
Urban Bernard Schute
Adelbert Ernest Schute
Raymond George Schute
Dorothy Clara Schute
Bernice Alvina Schute
Norma Mildred Schute
Marvin Andrew Lucas Schute
Deloris Frances Clarissa Schute
LaVern Peter "Vern" Schute

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World Events (8)

1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 2

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.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 20

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Age 22

On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small band of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite bricks and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The space chosen for the first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.

Name Meaning

North German: metonymic occupational name for an owner, builder, or sailor of a small, flat-bottomed cargo boat, Middle Low German schute.

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

Sources (3)

  • Luvern Schuete in household of Herman Schuete, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lerven Schute in household of Herman Schute, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Vern Schute, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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