Walter S Getchell

Maine, United States

The Life of Walter S

When Walter S Getchell was born in 1850, in Maine, United States, his father, Henry Franklin Getchell, was 37 and his mother, Frances Ann Burr, was 33. He lived in North Anson, Anson, Somerset, Maine, United States in 1850.

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Henry Franklin Getchell
Frances Ann Burr
Charles H. Getchell
Frances Getchell
Frederick Getchell
Helen A Getchell
Edwin Franklin Getchell
Walter S Getchell

Parents and Siblings

    Henry Franklin Getchell


    Frances Ann Burr




    Charles H. Getchell


    Frances Getchell


    Frederick Getchell


    Helen A Getchell



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World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 1

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 31

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Altered spelling of Irish Gatchell .2 Altered spelling of South German Götschel, Goetschel, from a short form of Gottfried or Gottschalk .

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

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  • Walter S Getchell in household of Henry F Getchell, "United States Census, 1850"

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