Walter William Topp

1903–1990 (Age 87)
Sumner, Bremer, Iowa, United States

The Life of Walter William

When Walter William Topp was born on 11 January 1903, in Sumner, Bremer, Iowa, United States, his father, Ernst Carl Martin Topp, was 44 and his mother, AMALIE Marie Friederike Joachime Schult, was 43. He married Grace Landry Wiley on 19 June 1926, in Marshall, Iowa, United States. He lived in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States for about 57 years. He died on 13 April 1990, at the age of 87, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States.

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Walter William Topp
Grace Landry Wiley
Marriage: 19 June 1926

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19 June 1926
Marshall, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 10

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.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 23

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old English byname Topp meaning ‘tuft’, ‘crest’, or the cognate Old Norse Toppr.2 German: from Low German topp ‘point’, ‘tree top’, hence a topographic name; or alternatively a metonymic occupational name or nickname from the same word in the sense ‘braid’.3 German: variant of Dopp .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Walter W Topp, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Walter Topp, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter Topp, "United States Census, 1930"

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