Roberta Tess Illum

16 December 1925–25 April 2008 (Age 82)
Malad, Oneida, Idaho, United States

The Life of Roberta Tess

When Roberta Tess Illum was born on 16 December 1925, in Malad, Oneida, Idaho, United States, her father, Gilbert Frederik Illum, was 23 and her mother, Clara Gleed, was 20. She lived in Antioch, Contra Costa, California, United States for about 5 years and Judicial Township 17, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1940. She died on 25 April 2008, in Merced, Merced, California, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Santa Nella, Merced, California, United States.

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Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 9

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. 
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 22

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of various places: Alham in Somerset, which is named for the Alham river on which it stands (a Celtic river name of uncertain meaning), or Alnham in Northumberland, named for the Aln river on which it stands (also of Celtic origin but uncertain meaning), or a regional name from Hallamshire, the district around Sheffield in South Yorkshire, which is named with Old Norse hallr or Old English hall in a dative plural form, hallum ‘(place at) the rocks’.2 Scottish: shortened form of McCallum , an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coluim ‘son of Colum’.3 Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farmsteads in southeastern Norway, probably named from Old Norse Aldheimar, a compound of ald ‘high’ + heimar ‘farm’.

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

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Story Highlight

Letter from Peter H. Illum, St. John, Idaho to granddaughter Roberta Illum, Antioch, California, 1937

Malad Mar. 21 – 1937 My dear Roberta: (daughter of Gilbert Illum) You wonder why I don’t write to you, and of course your brother. Think I ought to write to him too. But I have so ma …

Sources (3)

  • Robeerta Tess Illum in household of Gilbert Fredrick Illum, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Roberta Eillum in household of Gilbert Eillum, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Roberta Illum in household of Gilbert Illum, "United States Census, 1940"

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