James Verner Napier

8 July 1919–9 July 1985 (Age 66)
Iowa, United States

The Life of James Verner

When James Verner Napier was born on 8 July 1919, in Iowa, United States, his father, James Livingstone Napier, was 30 and his mother, Mary Wilson, was 30. He lived in Walnut Township, Appanoose, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States in 1930. He died on 9 July 1985, in Missouri, United States, at the age of 66.

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James Livingstone Napier
Mary Wilson
Thirza Napier
James Verner Napier
Luella Napier

Parents and Siblings

    James Livingstone Napier


    Mary Wilson




    Thirza Napier



    Luella Napier


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 3

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.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 18

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: occupational name for a producer or seller of table linen or for a naperer, the servant in charge of the linen in use in a great house, Middle English, Old French nap(p)ier, an agent derivative of Old French nappe ‘table cloth’ (Latin mappa). Compare Napper .2 Shortened form of Polish Napierala or a similar name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Napier in household of James Napier, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James V Napier in household of James L Napier, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Unknown, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"

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