Vinton Eugene Moffatt

15 July 1897–25 September 1986 (Age 89)
Moville, Woodbury, Iowa, United States

The Life of Vinton Eugene

When Vinton Eugene Moffatt was born on 15 July 1897, in Moville, Woodbury, Iowa, United States, his father, Frank Melvin Moffatt, was 34 and his mother, Maybelle Riordan, was 35. He had at least 3 daughters with Madge Genevieve Electa Cline. He lived in Sioux Township, Plymouth, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Lime Lake Township, Murray, Minnesota, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 September 1986, in Slayton, Murray, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Slayton, Murray, Minnesota, United States.

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Vinton Eugene Moffatt
Madge Genevieve Electa Cline
Maybelle Moffatt
Jane Moffatt
Lois Moffatt

Spouse and Children


    Madge Genevieve Electa Cline




    Maybelle Moffatt


    Jane Moffatt


    Lois Moffatt


Parents and Siblings

    Frank Melvin Moffatt


    Maybelle Riordan




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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1898 · The Kensington Runestone

Age 1

A Swedish man, Olof Ohman, was farming on his land when he came across a 202-pound rock slab that had strange writing on it. Convinced it was proof that Scandinavian explorers came to that area before Columbus found the Americas, he had it looked at by scholars and linguists to find its translation. There has been a drawn-out debate on the stone's authenticity, with a scholarly consensus that classifies it as a hoax and the community which is convinced that it is authentic.
1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 25

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

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from Moffat in Dumfriesshire, named in Gaelic as ‘the long plain’, from magh ‘plain’ + fada ‘long’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Vinton Moffatt, "Iowa State Census, 1905"
  • Vinton E Moffatt in household of Frank M Moffatt, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Vinton Moffatt, "United States Census, 1940"

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