Wiley M. Harper

24 January 1926–20 February 1989 (Age 63)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Wiley M.

When Wiley M. Harper was born on 24 January 1926, in Ohio, United States, his father, George Edward Harper, was 36 and his mother, Lucetta Ruth Greathouse, was 28. He married Opal L Whetstone on 27 January 1951. He lived in Olive Township, Noble, Ohio, United States for about 10 years and Noble, Ohio, United States in 1989. He died on 20 February 1989, in Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio, United States, at the age of 63.

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Wiley M. Harper
Opal L Whetstone
Marriage: 27 January 1951

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27 January 1951

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 3

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 18

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wiley Harper in household of Edward Harper, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Wiley M Harper in household of George E Harper, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wiley M Harper, "Ohio, Washington County Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013"

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