William Nicholas Pointer

10 July 1913–12 August 1996 (Age 83)
California, United States

The Life of William Nicholas

When William Nicholas Pointer was born on 10 July 1913, in California, United States, his father, William Edward Pointer, was 40 and his mother, Catherine Anne Lynch, was 30. He died on 12 August 1996, in Sutter, Sutter, California, United States, at the age of 83.

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William Edward Pointer
1873–
Catherine Anne Lynch
1883–1948
James E Pointer
1912–1960
William Nicholas Pointer
1913–1996

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 21

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. 
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 22

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

1 English (Norfolk): occupational name from Middle English pointer ‘point maker’, an agent derivative of point, a term denoting a lace or cord used to fasten together doublet and hose (Old French pointe ‘point’, ‘sharp end’). Reaney suggests that in some cases Pointer may have been an occupational name for a tiler or slater whose job was to point the tiles, i.e. render them with mortar where they overlapped.2 Possibly an altered form of German Pointner, a variant of Bainter .

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

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