George Willard Jakeway

Male3 February 1897–

Brief Life History of George Willard

When George Willard Jakeway was born on 3 February 1897, in Kent, Michigan, United States, his father, Sherman G. Jakeway, was 33 and his mother, Theressa Branegan, was 35. He lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Grattan, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1910.

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Sherman G. Jakeway
Theressa Branegan
Lillian Clare Jakeway
Hazel A. Jakeway
James Raymond Jakeway
Edwin William Jakeway Sr.
George Willard Jakeway

Sources (6)

  • George W Jakeway in household of Charles E Jakeway, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Geo. W. Jakeway, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
  • George Willard Jakeway, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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Siblings (5)

World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1904 · Belle Isle Aquarium

Age 7

The Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit. It opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers

1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 31

"The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, """"He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them."

Name Meaning

English (Gloucestershire): perhaps a nickname from Middle English jak(ke) ‘Jack, person’ (rather than the personal name Jack) + wei ‘road, way’, used as a nickname of similar sense to Jack of the road ‘homeless person, vagrant’.

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

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