Wilda Irene Alexander

12 July 1891–25 March 1986 (Age 94)
Linn, Missouri, United States

The Life of Wilda Irene

When Wilda Irene Alexander was born on 12 July 1891, in Linn, Missouri, United States, her father, Thomas O Alexander, was 27 and her mother, Iona Cherry, was 26. She married Arnold Meredith Kane on 25 February 1912, in Linneus, Linn, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Brookfield, Linn, Missouri, United States in 1920 and Fresno, California, United States in 1937. She died on 25 March 1986, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Arnold Meredith Kane
Wilda Irene Alexander
Marriage: 25 February 1912
Edgar Kirk Kane
Gary Donald Kane

Spouse and Children

25 February 1912
Linneus, Linn, Missouri, United States


    Edgar Kirk Kane



Parents and Siblings

    Thomas O Alexander





    Gavon Doris Alexander



    Opal Alexander


    Vera Alexander



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.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 13

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.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Scottish, English, German, Dutch; also found in many other cultures: from the personal name Alexander, classical Greek Alexandros, which probably originally meant ‘repulser of men (i.e. of the enemy)’, from alexein ‘to repel’ + andros, genitive of anēr ‘man’. Its popularity in the Middle Ages was due mainly to the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great ( 356–323 bc )—or rather to the hero of the mythical versions of his exploits that gained currency in the so-called Alexander Romances. The name was also borne by various early Christian saints, including a patriarch of Alexandria ( ad c.250–326 ), whose main achievement was condemning the Arian heresy. The Gaelic form of the personal name is Alasdair, which has given rise to a number of Scottish and Irish patronymic surnames, for example Mc Allister . Alexander is a common forename in Scotland, often representing an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name. In North America the form Alexander has absorbed many cases of cognate names from other languages, for example Spanish Alejandro , Italian Alessandro , Greek Alexandropoulos, Russian Aleksandr, etc. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It has also been adopted as a Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wilda I Bottenfield in household of Wm C Bottenfield, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Wilda Alexander in household of Iona Alexander, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Wilda Alexander in household of Mary R Cherry, "United States Census, 1900"

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