Harold Cecil Spittle

Brief Life History of Harold Cecil

When Harold Cecil Spittle was born on 15 March 1892, in Kane, Illinois, United States, his father, William Thomas Spittle, was 41 and his mother, Catherine Burbidge Read, was 24. He married Kathleen Lavina Phelan on 8 October 1920, in Kane, Illinois, United States. He lived in Elgin, Kane, Illinois, United States for about 20 years and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died in February 1986, in Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 93.

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Harold Cecil Spittle
Kathleen Lavina Phelan
Marriage: 8 October 1920

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  • Harold C Spittle, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Harold Cecil Spittle, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Harold C Spittle, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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World Events (8)

1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

The  Chicago World's Fair was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to construct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the inventions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France. 

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English spitel ‘hospital, infirmary, religious house of the Knights Hospitallers’ (Old French (h)ospital), used either as a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a hospital, or a nickname for someone who worked in one.

English: habitational name from any of the places called with spitel, such as Spital-in-the-Street (Lincolnshire) or any of several minor places in northern and Midland counties of England.

Americanized form of East German Spittel, a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in an infirmary, from Middle High German spital, spittel ‘hospital’.

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

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