James H Schminkey

27 October 1901–February 1980 (Age 78)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of James H

When James H Schminkey was born on 27 October 1901, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, his father, Luman Washington Schminkey, was 23 and his mother, Margaret Charlotte Barr, was 23. He had at least 2 sons with Elma Lidia Willman. He lived in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States for about 5 years and Fridley Township, Anoka, Minnesota, United States in 1940. He died in February 1980, in Anoka, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

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James H Schminkey
Elma Lidia Willman
Gerald Schminkey
Donald Richard SCHMINKEY

Spouse and Children


    Elma Lidia Willman




    Gerald Schminkey


    Donald Richard SCHMINKEY


Parents and Siblings




    Aaron Schminkey


    Evelyn Blanche Schminkey


    Jessie L Schminkey


    Lillian Alice Schminkey


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 12

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.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 21

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

German: of uncertain origin, perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cosmetics and ointments, from Middle High German smicke, sminke ‘make-up’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James H Schminkey, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • James H Schminkey in household of Simon McNutt, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • James H Schminkey in household of William T Donovan, "United States Census, 1930"

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