Russell Roger Wildes

21 November 1920–12 March 2005 (Age 84)
Willimantic, Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Russell Roger

When Russell Roger Wildes was born on 21 November 1920, in Willimantic, Windham, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, Willis Parker Wildes Jr., was 24 and his mother, Dorothy Lamb, was 25. He married Antoinette Mary Sciarra on 15 February 1941, in Noank, Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut, United States for about 10 years and Noank, Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States in 1940. He died on 12 March 2005, in Thousand Palms, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 84.

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Russell Roger Wildes
Antoinette Mary Sciarra
Marriage: 15 February 1941
William Parker Wildes

Spouse and Children

15 February 1941
Noank, Groton, New London, Connecticut, 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. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: variant of or patronymic from Wild .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Robert P Wildes in household of Willis P Wildes Jr., "United States Census, 1920"
  • Russell Wilder in household of Willes Wildes, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Russell R Wildes in household of Willis P Wildes Jr., "United States Census, 1930"

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