Nellie Otterson

14 June 1912–26 June 2001 (Age 89)
Arlington, Riverside, California, United States

The Life of Nellie

When Nellie Otterson was born on 14 June 1912, in Arlington, Riverside, California, United States, her father, James Herbert Otterson, was 29 and her mother, Dorothy Kidder Sturgis, was 28. She married Ralph Bannon Neely on 1 January 1931, in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Temescal, Riverside, California, United States in 1930 and Riverside Judicial Township, Riverside, California, United States in 1940. She died on 26 June 2001, in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Colton, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Bannon Neely
Nellie Otterson
Marriage: 1 January 1931
Dorothy Ann Neely

Spouse and Children

    Ralph Bannon Neely



1 January 1931
Riverside, Riverside, California, United States


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 22

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. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 25

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Norwegian Ottersen, a patronymic from the personal name Ottar, Old Norse Óttarr, from ótt ‘something fearful’, ‘danger’ + -arr ‘warrior’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Nellie Neely in household of R B Neely, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nellie Otterson in household of James H Otterson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nellie Otterson in household of James Otterson, "United States Census, 1920"

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