William Clarence Norris

5 April 1931–15 August 2001 (Age 70)
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Life of William Clarence

When William Clarence Norris was born on 5 April 1931, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, his father, William Jefferson Norris, was 25 and his mother, Florence Ruth Adranovitz, was 20. He married Margaret Janett Rowland on 4 July 1953, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States. He died on 15 August 2001, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Washington Colony Cemetery, Fresno, California, United States.

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William Clarence Norris
Margaret Janett Rowland
Marriage: 4 July 1953

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4 July 1953
Fresno, Fresno, California, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1943 · The Detroit Race Riots

Age 12

The 1943 Detroit Race Riot started on the evening of June 20 and lasted through June 22. It occurred in a period of dramatic social tensions associated with the military buildup of World War II, as Detroit's automotive industry was converted to the war effort. What fueled the fire the most was the arrival of nearly 400,000 migrants, both African-American and White Southerners, and the competition for space and jobs. It was suppressed after 6,000 federal troops were ordered into the city to restore peace. A total of 34 people were killed, 25 of them African-Americans and most at the hands of white police or National Guardsmen; 433 were wounded, 75 percent of them African-American.

Age 19

United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish:1. regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. 3. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

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

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Sources (3)

  • William C Norris in entry for William J Norris, "California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997"
  • William C Norris, "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984"
  • William C Norris, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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