Wilbur Ray Porter

23 February 1895–13 July 1964 (Age 69)
Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Wilbur Ray

Wilbur Ray Porter was born on 23 February 1895, in Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin, United States as the son of Alex Ellis Porter and Nellie Coates. He married Franceis Heming on 28 October 1916, in Dubuque, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, United States in 1935 and Westport, Dane, Wisconsin, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 13 July 1964, in Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Waupaca, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States.

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Wilbur Ray Porter
Franceis Heming
Marriage: 28 October 1916
Wilbur Newton Porter

Spouse and Children

28 October 1916
Dubuque, Iowa, United States


    Wilbur Newton Porter


Parents and Siblings

    Alex Ellis Porter


    Nellie Coates




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 9

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English porter ‘doorkeeper’, ‘gatekeeper’ (Old French portier). The office often came with accommodation, lands, and other privileges for the bearer, and in some cases was hereditary, especially in the case of a royal castle. As an American surname, this has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other European languages, for example German Pförtner ( see Fortner ) and North German Poertner .2 English: occupational name for a man who carried loads for a living, especially one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle. This sense is from Old French porteo(u)r (Late Latin portator, from portare ‘to carry or convey’).3 Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch portere ‘doorkeeper’. Compare 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wilbur R Porter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wilbur Ray Porter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Wilber P Inks in household of Newton Inks, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"

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