William Alexander Boe

24 January 1897–10 March 1971 (Age 74)
Silver Lake Township, Worth, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Alexander

When William Alexander Boe was born on 24 January 1897, in Silver Lake Township, Worth, Iowa, United States, his father, Henry Lawrence Boe, was 26 and his mother, Nettie Madora Towne, was 23. He married Ruby Vivian Simonet on 4 September 1931, in Yuma, Yuma, Arizona, United States. He lived in Mille Lacs, Minnesota, United States in 1900 and Hartland Township, Worth, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 March 1971, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 74.

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William Alexander Boe
Ruby Vivian Simonet
Marriage: 4 September 1931

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4 September 1931
Yuma, Yuma, Arizona, United States

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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.

Age 20

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

1 Swedish (Boé): from bo ‘farm’, ‘dwelling’ + the ornamental suffix .2 Respelling of Norwegian Bø or Bøe, a topographic name from Old Norse býr ‘farm’.3 Danish: from Bo, a derivative of the Nordic personal name Bui.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William A Boe in household of Henry L Boe, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William A Bos in household of Henry L Bos, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Boe in household of Lawrence Boe, "United States Census, 1900"

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