Orpha Amelia Pleggenkuhle

22 August 1917–23 January 1986 (Age 68)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Orpha Amelia

When Orpha Amelia Pleggenkuhle was born on 22 August 1917, in Iowa, United States, her father, William Herman Pleggenkuhle, was 35 and her mother, Emma Caroline Stephan, was 23. She lived in Rural, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1935 and East Waterloo Township, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 23 January 1986, in Roswell, Chaves, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Roswell, Chaves, New Mexico, United States.

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Raymond Albert Gray
Orpha Amelia Pleggenkuhle

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    Ross Otto Pleggenkuhle


    Roy John Pleggenkuhle


    Robert William Pleggenkuhle


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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 5

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.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 20

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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Sources (3)

  • Orpha A Gray in household of Raymond A Gray, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Orpha Pleggaskuhbe in household of William H Pleggaskuhbe, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Orpha A Pleggenkuhle in household of William H Pleggenkuhle, "United States Census, 1930"

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