Howard Henry Zagrodzky

Brief Life History of Howard Henry

When Howard Henry Zagrodzky was born on 1 January 1922, in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States, his father, Albert Otto Zagrodzky, was 29 and his mother, Wilhelmina Augusta Pfankuche, was 25. He lived in Washington Township, Buchanan, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 27 February 2000, in Huntington Beach, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 78.

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Howard Henry Zagrodzky
1922–2000
Maillie Mcshan

Sources (9)

  • Howard Zagrodzky in household of Albert Zagrodzky, "United States Census, 1930"
  • California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959
  • U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

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

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

Transferred use of the surname of an English noble family. The surname has a large number of possible origins, but in the case of the noble family early forms often have the spelling Haward, and so it is probably from a Scandinavian personal name derived from ‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’. (The traditional derivation from the Old English name Hereweard ‘army guardian’ is untenable.) It is now a widespread given name.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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