Afton Serena Riser

18 August 1903–9 April 2002 (Age 98)
Lansing, Allamakee, Iowa, United States

The Life of Afton Serena

When Afton Serena Riser was born on 18 August 1903, in Lansing, Allamakee, Iowa, United States, her father, Charles Christian Riser, was 33 and her mother, Sena Larson, was 23. She married Adolph Ferdinand Gruber on 14 January 1926, in Lansing, Allamakee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 9 April 2002, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Adolph Ferdinand Gruber
Afton Serena Riser
Marriage: 14 January 1926
Elizabeth Frances Gruber
Rolland Riser Gruber
Mabel Sena Gruber

Spouse and Children

14 January 1926
Lansing, Allamakee, Iowa, United States


    Elizabeth Frances Gruber


    Rolland Riser Gruber


    Mabel Sena Gruber


Parents and Siblings

    Charles Christian Riser





World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1905 · The Industrial Workers of the World

Age 2

The Industrial Workers of the World was founded after a convention was held by radical trade unionists from all over the United States who opposed the policies of the American Federation of Labor. The IWW opposed the American Federation of Labor's acceptance of capitalism and its refusal to include unskilled workers in craft unions. The convention took place on June 24 and was referred by the workers as the Industrial Congress or the Industrial Union Convention. The IWW aimed to promote worker solidarity in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the employing class.

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

1 Swiss German: topographic name for someone who lived near a thicket or underbrush, from an agent noun based on Middle High German rīs ‘branch’, ‘shrubbery’.2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Reiser .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Afton Riser in household of Charles C Riser, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Afton Riser in household of Charley Riser, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Afton Gruber in household of Adolph Gruber, "United States Census, 1940"

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