John Charles Pape

15 January 1871–27 January 1953 (Age 82)
Waupeton, Dubuque, Iowa, United States

The Life of John Charles

When John Charles Pape was born on 15 January 1871, in Waupeton, Dubuque, Iowa, United States, his father, William Henry Pape, was 26 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Smith, was 20. He married Clara Spielbauer on 15 October 1912, in Balltown, Dubuque, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Jefferson Township, Dubuque, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 27 January 1953, at the age of 82, and was buried in Balltown, Dubuque, Iowa, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

John Charles Pape
Clara Spielbauer
Marriage: 15 October 1912
William H Pape
Mary Ann Pape
John G Pape
Dorthy Francis Pape
Adeline Pape
Bernice Claretta Pape
Henry John Pape

Spouse and Children


    Clara Spielbauer


15 October 1912
Balltown, Dubuque, Iowa, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    William Henry Pape



    Charles Albert Pape


    Lenord Lewis C Pape


    Henry Fredric Pape


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 13

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.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 25

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.

Name Meaning

1 English (mainly northern), North German, Dutch, and French: nickname for someone with a severe or pompous manner or perhaps a pageant name for someone who had played the part of a pope or priest, from Middle English pope or Old French pape ‘pope’, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch pape ‘priest’, Old French pape ‘pope’. Compare Papa .2 German: nickname from a baby word for ‘father’. Compare Baab .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Pope, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John Pape, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • John C Pape, "United States Census, 1930"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.