Esther Ruth Vincent

12 March 1898–13 December 1985 (Age 87)
Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life of Esther Ruth

When Esther Ruth Vincent was born on 12 March 1898, in Pleasant Ridge Township, Lee, Iowa, United States, her father, Benjamin Lawrence Vincent, was 37 and her mother, Zelpha Jane Coles, was 39. She married William H Parsons on 9 March 1921, in Henry, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Henry, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Baltimore Township, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 13 December 1985, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Burge Cemetery, New London, Henry, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

William H Parsons
Esther Ruth Vincent
Marriage: 9 March 1921
Wayne Vincent Parsons
Neil Ivan Parsons

Spouse and Children

9 March 1921
Henry, Iowa, United States


    Wayne Vincent Parsons


    Neil Ivan Parsons


Parents and Siblings



    Wiliam Emmett Vincent


    Mary Grace Vincent



    Frank Vincent



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 15

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 24

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

1 English and French: from a medieval personal name (Latin Vincentius, a derivative of vincens, genitive vincentis, present participle of vincere ‘to conquer’). The name was borne by a 3rdcentury Spanish martyr widely venerated in the Middle Ages and by a 5th-century monk and writer of Lérins, as well as various other early saints. In eastern Europe the name became popular in honor of Wincenty Kadłubek (died 1223 ), a bishop of Kraków and an early chronicler.2 Irish: the English surname has been established in the south of Ireland since the 17th century, and has also been adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mac Dhuibhinse ‘son of the dark man of the island’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • E R Vincent, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Ester Vincent, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Esther Parsons in household of Wm H Parsons, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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