Joseph Samuel Harper

13 October 1916–23 December 2003 (Age 87)
Quanah, Hardeman, Texas, United States

The Life of Joseph Samuel

When Joseph Samuel Harper was born on 13 October 1916, in Quanah, Hardeman, Texas, United States, his father, Benjamin Easley Harper, was 27 and his mother, Josephine M Bowman, was 26. He married Martha E Robinson on 26 February 1935, in United States. He lived in Justice Precinct 4, Hardeman, Texas, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 23 December 2003, in Haskell, Haskell, Texas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Haskell, Haskell, Texas, United States.

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Joseph Samuel Harper
Martha E Robinson
Marriage: 26 February 1935

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26 February 1935
United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 13

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.

Age 25

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Joe S Harper in household of Ben C Harper, "United States Census, 1920"
  • J S Harper in household of Ben E Harper, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joe Samuel Harper in entry for Joe Steven Harper, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"

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