Alvin Herman Olmsted

2 March 1916–6 June 2001 (Age 85)
Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan, United States

The Life of Alvin Herman

When Alvin Herman Olmsted was born on 2 March 1916, in Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan, United States, his father, Olof Karlsson, was 42 and his mother, Agda Hilma Cecilia Watson, was 30. He married Joane Winette Free on 2 July 1949, in Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States. He lived in Burdell Township, Osceola, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Redlands, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1999. He died on 6 June 2001, in Fontana, San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States.

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Alvin Herman Olmsted
Joane Winette Free
Marriage: 2 July 1949

Spouse and Children

2 July 1949
Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

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 25

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Olmstead .

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

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Story Highlight

A World War II Remembrance

On this day sixty-five years ago, American forces broke out of the Anzio beachhead and began the long process of pushing the Germans out of Italy. In American military history, the invasion is known a …

Sources (3)

  • Alvin Olmsted in household of Vetails Watson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Alvin Carlson in household of Elmer Hogan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Alvin Herman Olmsted, "Find A Grave Index"

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