Fern Lyda Root

26 May 1893–
Centralia, Marion, Illinois, United States

The Life of Fern Lyda

When Fern Lyda Root was born on 26 May 1893, in Centralia, Marion, Illinois, United States, her father, King David Root, was 31 and her mother, Orpha Jane Van Houten, was 24. She married Dwight E Copple on 24 April 1915, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. She lived in Central City, Marion, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Detroit Ward 6, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1920. She was buried in Centralia, Marion, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Dwight E Copple
Fern Lyda Root
Marriage: 24 April 1915

Spouse and Children

    Dwight E Copple



24 April 1915
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Orpha Jane Van Houten




    Mattie Ann Root



    Byron Lee Root


    Ida Florene Root


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1897 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 4

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.

Age 34

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English rote ‘glad’ (Old English rōt).2 English: metonymic occupational name for a player on the rote, an early medieval stringed instrument (Middle English, Old French rote, of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth).3 Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a retting place (Dutch root, a derivative of ro(o)ten ‘to ret’, akin to modern English rot), a place where flax is soaked in tubs of water until the stems rot to release the linen fibers.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Fern L Copple in household of Dwight E Copple, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Fern Root in household of King D Root, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Fern Root in household of King D Root, "United States Census, 1910"

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