Edward Utillus 'Tillie' Wilson

2 March 1899–June 1985 (Age 86)
Saylor Township, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Edward Utillus 'Tillie'

When Edward Utillus 'Tillie' Wilson was born on 2 March 1899, in Saylor Township, Polk, Iowa, United States, his father, Harry Wilson, was 33 and his mother, Margaret 'Maggie' Nesbit, was 23. He married Clara 'Ret' Loretta Warrick on 24 February 1920, in Marion, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Melcher, Marion, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died in June 1985, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Melcher-Dallas, Marion, Iowa, United States.

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Edward Utillus 'Tillie' Wilson
Clara 'Ret' Loretta Warrick
Marriage: 24 February 1920
Marjorie Cathrine Wilson

Spouse and Children

24 February 1920
Marion, Iowa, United States


    Marjorie Cathrine Wilson


Parents and Siblings


    Margaret 'Maggie' Nesbit




World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 14

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.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 23

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from the personal name Will , a very common medieval short form of William .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Edward U Wilson, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Edward Wilson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Edward Wilson, "United States Census, 1940"

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