William Henry Cress

Brief Life History of William Henry

When William Henry Cress was born on 1 March 1902, in Liberty Township, Johnson, Iowa, United States, his father, Cloyd Isaac Cress, was 28 and his mother, Maud Mayo, was 26. He married Laura Elizabeth Aubrey on 21 June 1922, in Fayette, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Riverside, Washington, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Washington, Iowa, United States in 1935. He died on 16 December 1972, in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States.

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William Henry Cress
1902–1972
Laura Elizabeth Aubrey
1899–1985
Marriage: 21 June 1922
Russell William Cress
1924–1991

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  • William H Cress, "United States Census, 1940"
  • 1 Mar 1902; Wm. Henry Cress, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
  • 21 Jun 1922; William H Cress, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

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

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

Americanized form of German Kress .

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

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