Peter W Higgins

Male26 April 1863–2 September 1943

Brief Life History of Peter W

Peter W Higgins was born on 26 April 1863, in Middleton, County Cork, Ireland. He married Catharine E. Barry in 1890. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Julien, Dubuque, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 2 September 1943, in Dyersville, Dubuque, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Dyersville, Dubuque, Iowa, United States.

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Peter W Higgins
Catharine E. Barry
Marriage: 1890
Hester Alicia Higgins
Cyril Sylvester Higgins
Clifford Higgins
Lewis G Higgins

Sources (8)

  • Peter Higgins, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Peter Higgins in entry for Louis George Higgins, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
  • Peter Higgins, "United States Census, 1920"

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  • Marriage
  • Children (4)

    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    1867 · The Burtis Opera House

    Age 4

    The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

    1884 · There is now a Capital Building

    Age 21

    The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

    Name Meaning

    Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUiginn ‘descendant of Uiginn’, a byname meaning ‘viking, sea-rover’ (from Old Norse víkingr). Compare McGuigan .

    English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): variant of Higgin, itself either a Lancashire variant of Huggin (from a pet form of Hugh ), or a variant of Hickin (from a pet form of Richard ), with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. See Hick and compare Higson .

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

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