Marvin I. Finster

1857–1925 (Age 68)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Marvin I.

When Marvin I. Finster was born on 22 January 1857, in Iowa, United States, his father, George Herman Finster, was 37 and his mother, Jeraldine Rebecca Wells, was 29. He married Emma Estelle Greene on 14 December 1881, in Steamboat Rock, Hardin, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Shiloh Township, Grundy, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Steamboat Rock, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1915. He died on 27 May 1925, in Hardin, Iowa, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Steamboat Rock Cemetery, Steamboat Rock, Hardin, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Marvin I. Finster
Emma Estelle Greene
Marriage: 14 December 1881
Eva May Finster
Florence Finster

Spouse & Children

  • Male1857–1925Male

  • Emma Estelle Greene


14 December 1881
Steamboat Rock, Hardin, Iowa, United States


  • Eva May Finster


  • Florence Finster


Parents & Siblings



  • Jerome Finster


  • A. A. Finster


  • Male1857–1925Male

  • Dedwaine Finster


  • Carrie May Finster


World Events (8)


Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 10

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.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 18

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German finster ‘dark’, ‘gloomy’, or Yiddish fintster(Middle High German vinster). The name may have referred to a person's habitual character, or it may have been acquired as a result of some now irrecoverable anecdote.

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

Sources (3)

  • M I Finster, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Marvin Finster in household of George Finster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • M Finster in household of Geo Finster, "United States Census, 1860"

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