Donna Marie Shearer

24 November 1920–5 January 2002 (Age 81)
Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Donna Marie

When Donna Marie Shearer was born on 24 November 1920, in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa, United States, her father, Earnest Orval Shearer, was 26 and her mother, Edna Fern Dills, was 19. She married John Alvin Thies on 3 June 1939, in Minden, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. She lived in Mondamin, Harrison, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 5 January 2002, in Woodbine, Harrison, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81.

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John Alvin Thies
Donna Marie Shearer
Marriage: 3 June 1939

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3 June 1939
Minden, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 2

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.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 22

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

Scottish and northern English: from an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’; an occupational name for a sheep shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Donna M Shearer in household of Earnest O Shearer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Thies, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Donna Thies in entry for Joy Dee Craig, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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