Dr. Howard Paul Backus

7 March 1904–5 May 1985 (Age 81)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Howard Paul

When Dr. Howard Paul Backus was born on 7 March 1904, in Iowa, United States, his father, Sidney J. Backus, was 34 and his mother, Laura Ellen Eaton, was 23. He married Valita Dunlap on 31 August 1928, in Kootenai, Idaho, United States. He lived in Eugene Election Precinct 20, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1940 and Washington, District of Columbia, United States in 1985. He died on 5 May 1985, in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

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Dr. Howard Paul Backus
Valita Dunlap
Marriage: 31 August 1928

Spouse and Children

31 August 1928
Kootenai, Idaho, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Sidney J. Backus






    Rose Elizabeth Backus


    Eleanor Eaton Backus


World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1913 · Women's Suffrage Demonstration

Age 9

A demonstration for women's suffrage takes place on March 3, 1913. This is the first suffrage parade in Washington D.C. One of the notable women in attendance is Ida B. Wells.

Age 23

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

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English bakehous ‘bakehouse’ (Old English bæchūs), hence a topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a bakery. See also German Backhaus .2 Lithuanian (Bačkus): from Lithuanian bačka ‘barrel’, ‘cask’, hence either a nickname for a short, fat man or an occupational name for a cooper.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Howard Backus, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Howard Backus, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Howard P Backus, "United States Census, 1930"

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