William Stewart Crear

10 June 1920–10 June 1996 (Age 76)
Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Stewart

When William Stewart Crear was born on 10 June 1920, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States, his father, Ralph Crear, was 33 and his mother, Laura Mary Stewart, was 29. He married Valeria Maxine Dixon on 3 April 1943, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 June 1996, in California, United States, at the age of 76.

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William Stewart Crear
Valeria Maxine Dixon
Marriage: 3 April 1943

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3 April 1943
Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 14

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. 

Age 21

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of the occupational name Crerar, from Gaelic criathrar ‘sievewright’, i.e. a maker of sieves.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Crear in household of Ralph Crear, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William S Crear in household of Ralph B Crear, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Stewart Crear, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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