Willis Jennings Rose

1896–1986 (Age 89)
Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Willis Jennings

When Willis Jennings Rose was born on 6 October 1896, in Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Harry Edward Rose, was 35 and his mother, Jennie Ann Peat, was 29. He married Bertha M Wasser on 18 September 1923, in Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Fairview, Fairview Township, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Fredonia, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. He died in February 1986, in Brooksville, Hernando, Florida, United States, at the age of 89.

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Willis Jennings Rose
Bertha M Wasser
Marriage: 18 September 1923
Marilyn A Rose

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18 September 1923
Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1898 · Florida Involvement in Spanish-American War

Age 2

Florida played a critical role during the Spanish-American War. The port of Tampa saw the arrival of over 30,000 troops; this traffic resulted in the small town experiencing massive growth and becoming a city. Cuban-Americans across the state also helped with raising money and support for the war.

Age 24

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, French, and German: from the name of the flower, Middle English, Old French, Middle High German rose (Latin rosa), in various applications. In part it is a topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew, or a habitational name for someone living at a house bearing the sign of the rose. It is also found, especially in Europe, as a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and similarsounding names from other European languages.2 English: variant of Royce .3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from the word for the flower (German Rose, Yiddish royz), or a metronymic name from the Yiddish female personal name Royze, derived from the word for the flower.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Willis Rose in household of Harry E Rose, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Willis Rose in household of Harry E Rose, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willis J Rose in household of Harry E Rose, "United States Census, 1920"

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