Fern Hazel Freshwaters

1 December 1899–9 January 1984 (Age 84)
Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States

The Life of Fern Hazel

When Fern Hazel Freshwaters was born on 1 December 1899, in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States, her father, John Alfodore Freshwaters, was 43 and her mother, Minnie E. Taylor, was 38. She married John Everett Leinen on 1 October 1931, in Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States. She lived in Lafayette Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 9 January 1984, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Keota Cemetery, Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States.

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John Everett Leinen
Fern Hazel Freshwaters
Marriage: 1 October 1931

Spouse and Children

1 October 1931
Keota, Keokuk, Iowa, United States

Parents and Siblings

    John Alfodore Freshwaters


    Minnie E. Taylor




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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 11

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 23

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a source of clear drinking water, from Middle English fresch ‘fresh’, ‘not salty’ (Old French freis, of Germanic origin). There is a place of this name on the Isle of Wight (named from Old English fersc ‘fresh’ + wæter ‘water’), which may also be a source of the surname.

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

Sources (3)

  • Fern Freshwater in household of H F Freshwater, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Fern Freshwaters in household of James A Freshwaters, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Fern Freshwaters in household of John A Freshwaters, "United States Census, 1910"

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