Kathryn Otillie Range

28 December 1917–15 July 2010 (Age 92)
Crystal, Hancock, Iowa

The Life of Kathryn Otillie

When Kathryn Otillie Range was born on 28 December 1917, her father, Peter Range, was 27 and her mother, Meta Martha "Mae" Reiter, was 23. She married Ronald Raymond Roper on 4 January 1947. She lived in Minnesota, United States in 1935 and Fairmont Township, Martin, Minnesota, United States in 1940. She died on 15 July 2010, in Shakopee, Scott, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 92.

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Ronald Raymond Roper
Kathryn Otillie Range
Marriage: 4 January 1947

Spouse and Children

4 January 1947
Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota

Parents and Siblings

    Peter Range


    Meta Martha "Mae" Reiter




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.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 25

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

1 German: nickname for a ragamuffin, from Middle High German range ‘naughty boy’, ‘urchin’.2 German: variant of Rang 3.3 French: from Old French renge ‘belt worn for battle’, with a wider sense in Middle French of ‘rein’, ‘strap’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such articles.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Catherine Range in household of Peter Range, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Kathryn Range in household of Peter Range, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Katherine Range in household of Peter Range, "United States Census, 1920"

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