Violet May Wood

1916–2007 (Age 90)
Esmeralda, Mineral, Nevada, United States

The Life of Violet May

When Violet May Wood was born on 9 May 1916, in Esmeralda, Mineral, Nevada, United States, her father, Ellis Earle Wood, was 26 and her mother, Celeste Orr, was 25. She married John Ronald Archibald on 16 August 1936, in Redding, Shasta, California, United States. She died on 10 April 2007, in Chico, Butte, California, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Siskiyou, California, United States.

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John Ronald Archibald
Violet May Wood
Marriage: 16 August 1936

Spouse and Children

16 August 1936
Redding, Shasta, California, 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 and Scottish:1. mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or forester, from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). 2. nickname for a mad, eccentric, or violent person, from Middle English wōd ‘mad’, ‘frenzied’ (Old English wād), as in Adam le Wode, Worcestershire 1221 .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Violet Wood in household of Ellis E Wood, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Violet M Archibald in household of John R Archibald, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Violet May Wood in household of Earl E Wood, "United States Census, 1920"

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