John Wesley Alyea

1923–1997 (Age 73)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Alyea was born on 16 August 1923, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, his father, William Edward Alyea, was 39 and his mother, Whitney Jane Hamm, was 25. He married Violet May Cline on 29 October 1942, in Ryderwood, Cowlitz, Washington, United States. He lived in Kingfisher Township, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, United States in 1900 and Judicial Township 3, Kern, California, United States in 1940. He died on 25 March 1997, in Gresham, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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John Wesley Alyea
Violet May Cline
Marriage: 29 October 1942

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29 October 1942
Ryderwood, Cowlitz, Washington, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 11

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. 
1943 · Oklahoma is Home to Thousands of POW's

Age 20

Oklahoma was home to 22,000 German and Italian prisoners of war. The prisoners were sent to work on farms and ranches to continue the production work as many American men were off at war. 

Name Meaning

Americanized form of a French Canadian name, probably Allier (of Germanic origin, from adalhari ‘noble army’) or Elier, Hélier, variants of Hilaire ( see Hillary ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Wesley Alyea in household of W E Alyea, "United States Census, 1940"
  • J Wesley Olyea in household of William E Alyea, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mr John Wesley Alyea, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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