Charles Lester Sowerby

Male8 June 1904–12 June 2000

Brief Life History of Charles Lester

When Charles Lester Sowerby was born on 8 June 1904, in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Edmund Sowerby, was 40 and his mother, Ella Freeman Walker, was 33. He married Dorothy Alberta Kratt on 30 November 1929, in Shelburne, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States in 1930. He died on 12 June 2000, in Wells, York, Maine, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States.

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Charles Lester Sowerby
Dorothy Alberta Kratt
Marriage: 30 November 1929

Sources (8)

  • Charles L Sowerby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Charles Lester Sowerby, "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915"
  • Charles L Sowerby, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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  • Marriage
    30 November 1929Shelburne, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1905 · Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

    Age 1

    In 1905, a fire lookout tower (among the first of its kind) was constructed in Piscataquis County on Squaw Mountain. Due to Maine's abundance of lumber and paper mills, it was essential that a system be developed to help spot fires as quickly as possible.

    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.


    Age 25

    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places in northern England called Sowerby, including Sowerby Bridge (Yorkshire), Castle Sowerby (Cumberland), Brough and Temple Sowerby (Westmorland), Sowerby and Sowerby under Cotcliffe (North Yorkshire), and Sowerby near Inskip and Sowerby Hall in Dalton (Lancashire). The placenames derive from Old Norse saurr ‘mud, sour ground’ + ‘farmstead, village’. Placenames of identical origin are also found in Scotland (as Sorbie in Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire, and Wigtownshire, as Soroba in Argyll, and as Soroby on Tiree); also on the Isle of Man (as Surby).

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

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