Pearl Banks

7 September 1906–19 May 1979 (Age 72)
Indian Creek Township, Story, Iowa, United States

The Life of Pearl

When Pearl Banks was born on 7 September 1906, in Indian Creek Township, Story, Iowa, United States, her father, Asa Clothier Banks, was 57 and her mother, Nancy Jane Young, was 36. She had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with James Sanford McBride. She lived in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Saylor Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 19 May 1979, in Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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James Sanford McBride
Pearl Banks
James N. McBride
Betty Lorraine McBride
Ruth Ellen McBride

Spouse and Children

    James Sanford McBride





    James N. McBride


    Betty Lorraine McBride


    Ruth Ellen McBride


Parents and Siblings


    Nancy Jane Young




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World Events (8)

1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 1

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 7

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.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 20

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on the slope of a hillside or by a riverbank, from northern Middle English banke (from Old Danish banke). The final -s may occasionally represent a plural form, but it is most commonly an arbitrary addition made after the main period of surname formation, perhaps under the influence of patronymic forms with a possessive -s.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruacháin ‘descendant of Bruachán’, a byname for a large-bellied person. The English form was chosen because of a mistaken association of the Gaelic name with bruach ‘bank’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Pearl Banks, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Pearl Mcbride in household of James Mcbride, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Pearl Banks in household of Asa C Banks, "United States Census, 1910"

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