Howard Leon Messinger

Brief Life History of Howard Leon

When Howard Leon Messinger was born on 4 May 1911, in Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States, his father, Melvin Howard Messinger, was 31 and his mother, Grace Arissia Byington, was 20. He lived in Tono, Thurston, Washington, United States in 1930 and Wrangell Recording District - No. 7, First Judicial District, Alaska, United States in 1940. He died on 23 August 1997, in Napa, Napa, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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Howard Leon Messinger
1911–1997
Nellie Elizabeth Prescott
1913–2002

Sources (11)

  • Howard Leon Messenger in household of Melvin Howard Messenger, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Howard Ellis Messenger, "Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929"
  • Howard Leon Messinger, "Alaska, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

World Events (8)

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1916 · Boeing Aircraft

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1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

English: variant of Messenger .

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a brazier, from an agent derivative of Middle High German messinc ‘brass’, German Messing, from Greek mossynoikos (chalkos) ‘Mossynoecan bronze’, named after the people of northeastern Asia Minor who first produced the alloy.

German: habitational name for someone from Mössingen in Baden-Württemberg (Messingen in the local dialect), which is recorded as Masginga in 789, probably from the personal name Masco + ingen, suffix of relationship.

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

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