Thomas Carol Padley

25 November 1917–23 October 2002 (Age 84)
Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, United States

The Life of Thomas Carol

When Thomas Carol Padley was born on 25 November 1917, his father, Alfred Padley, was 49 and his mother, Sarah Harriett Grover, was 40. He married Gertrude M Sunderlin on 6 June 1942, in Mount Pleasant, Sierra, California, United States. He lived in Van Meter, Dallas, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. He registered for military service in 1944. He died on 23 October 2002, at the age of 84, and was buried in Mount Pleasant, Henry, Iowa, United States.

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Thomas Carol Padley
Gertrude M Sunderlin
Marriage: 6 June 1942

Spouse and Children

6 June 1942
Mount Pleasant, Sierra, California, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Alfred Padley


    Sarah Harriett Grover




    John Lewis Padley


    Mary Anne Padley


    Evelina Padley


    Clara Padley


    Flora Mae Padley Anderson


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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 5

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.

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Padley in Derbyshire or Padley Common in Devon. The place in Derbyshire was named probably with the Old English personal name Padda + lēah ‘glade’, ‘woodland clearing’. Alternatively, the first element may have been padde ‘toad’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Carroll Padley in household of Alferd Padley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Carrol Padley in household of Alfred Padley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Thomas Carroll Padley in entry for Mrs Gertrude Padley, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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