Leona Katherine Carper

12 March 1899–24 August 1982 (Age 83)
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Leona Katherine

When Leona Katherine Carper was born on 12 March 1899, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, her father, Hiram Franklin Carper, was 28 and her mother, Margaret Ellen Smith, was 24. She married Bruce Clifton Wallace on 28 February 1918, in Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Polk City, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Bloomfield Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 24 August 1982, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Bruce Clifton Wallace
Leona Katherine Carper
Marriage: 28 February 1918
Mary Katherine Wallace
Betty Jean Wallace
Helen Irene Wallace

Spouse and Children

28 February 1918
Polk, Iowa, United States


    Mary Katherine Wallace


    Betty Jean Wallace


    Helen Irene Wallace


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+1 More Child

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.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Perhaps an Americanized spelling of German Körber ( see Korber ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Leola Carper in household of H F Carper, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Leona Carper, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Leona Wallace in household of Bruce Wallace, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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