Elma Henrietta Renfro

16 July 1895–24 July 1995 (Age 100)
Hopkins Township, Nodaway, Missouri, United States

The Life of Elma Henrietta

When Elma Henrietta Renfro was born on 16 July 1895, in Hopkins Township, Nodaway, Missouri, United States, her father, Francis Marion Renfro, was 35 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Lasswell, was 26. She married William Alfred Killam on 12 March 1916, in Taylor, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Hopkins, Nodaway, Missouri, United States for about 5 years and Polk Township, Taylor, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 24 July 1995, in Sahuarita, Pima, Arizona, United States, at the age of 100.

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Family Time Line

William Alfred Killam
Elma Henrietta Renfro
Marriage: 12 March 1916
Ruth Eleanor Killam
Roy Alfred Killam
Myron Renfro Killam

Spouse and Children

12 March 1916
Taylor, Iowa, United States



    Roy Alfred Killam


    Myron Renfro Killam


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 9

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 27

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

Variant spelling of Scottish Renfrew .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elana H Killam in household of William A Killam, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Elma H Killam in household of William A Killam, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elma H Killam in household of William A Killam, "United States Census, 1940"

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