Elizabeth Alice Overstake

14 December 1899–16 June 1984 (Age 84)
Keb, Wapello, Iowa, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Alice

When Elizabeth Alice Overstake was born on 14 December 1899, in Keb, Wapello, Iowa, United States, her father, Charles Vandingham Overstake, was 35 and her mother, Rhoda Alice Clark, was 37. She married William Ellis Harness on 5 February 1933, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States. She lived in Salt Creek Township, Davis, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Center Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 16 June 1984, in Wapello, Iowa, United States, at the age of 84.

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William Ellis Harness
Elizabeth Alice Overstake
Marriage: 5 February 1933

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5 February 1933
Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

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

Age 14

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 23

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Harness in household of Ellis Harness, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lizzie A Overstake in household of Charles V Overstake, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Elizabeth Overstake in household of Charles Overstake, "United States Census, 1900"

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