Lewis Howard Votaw

26 June 1898–25 March 1996 (Age 97)
Wabash, Wabash, Indiana, United States

The Life of Lewis Howard

When Lewis Howard Votaw was born on 26 June 1898, in Wabash, Wabash, Indiana, United States, his father, William Orrin Votaw, was 30 and his mother, Lillian Annette Charles, was 26. He married Ruth Elizabeth Douglass on 1 February 1924. He lived in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Bear Lake, Manistee, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 March 1996, in Norton Shores, Muskegon, Michigan, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Norton Cemetery, Norton Shores, Muskegon, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lewis Howard Votaw
Ruth Elizabeth Douglass
Marriage: 1 February 1924

Spouse and Children


    Ruth Elizabeth Douglass


1 February 1924

Parents and Siblings



    Lucile Elanor Votaw




    Anna Mae Votaw


    John William Votaw


World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 5

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

Age 29

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

Name Meaning

Origin uncertain. Possibly an Americanized form of Czech Votava .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Louis Votaw, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lewis Votaw, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Louis H Votaw in household of Wm C Votaw, "United States Census, 1900"

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