Charles W. Virden

February 1850–15 August 1927 (Age 77)
Edwards, Illinois, United States

The Life of Charles W.

When Charles W. Virden was born in February 1850, in Edwards, Illinois, United States, his father, Oscar Dunreath Virden, was 30 and his mother, Love Charity Powell, was 27. He married Malida Reber on 24 October 1876, in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Black Hawk Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 15 August 1927, in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles W. Virden
Malida Reber
Marriage: 24 October 1876
Bertrand V. Virden
Maud Virden
Lillian Virden

Spouse and Children


    Malida Reber


24 October 1876
Black Hawk, Iowa, United States


    Bertrand V. Virden


    Maud Virden


    Lillian Virden


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 6

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 7

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Age 21

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

English: probably a variant spelling of Verdun .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Chas W Virden, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Chas W Virden, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Chas W Virden, "Iowa State Census, 1895"

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