Alvira Mary Wede

1891–1989 (Age 98)
Waterman, O'Brien, Iowa, United States

The Life of Alvira Mary

When Alvira Mary Wede was born in 1891, in Waterman, O'Brien, Iowa, United States, her father, Heinrich "Henry" Frederick Wede, was 30 and her mother, Margaretha Ruther, was 37. She married Charles Rochel on 2 February 1910, in Waterman Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Grant Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Elkton, Brookings, South Dakota, United States in 1930. She died in 1989, at the age of 98, and was buried in Elkton, Brookings, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Rochel
Alvira Mary Wede
Marriage: 2 February 1910
Viola Rochel
Cleora Rochel
Harold Warren Rochel

Spouse and Children

2 February 1910
Waterman Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States


    Viola Rochel


    Cleora Rochel


    Harold Warren Rochel


Parents and Siblings



    John Wede


    William Frederick Wede


    Lizzie Annie Katherine Wede



    Annie Sophia Wede


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 22

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

Age 26

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Wegga.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary A Rochel in household of Charles H Rochel, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary Rochel in household of Charlie Rochel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary Wede Rochel in entry for Cleora Rochel Bessler, "Minnesota, Obituaries 1865-2006"

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