William Joseph Edwards

23 November 1929–4 February 1982 (Age 52)
Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States

The Life of William Joseph

When William Joseph Edwards was born on 23 November 1929, in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States, his father, James Gordon Edwards, was 21 and his mother, Emma Marilyn Annan, was 19. He married Bonita "Bonnie" Ann Laumeyer on 31 December 1955, in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Neihart, Cascade, Montana, United States in 1930. He died on 4 February 1982, in Yolo, California, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana, United States.

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William Joseph Edwards
Ruth Irene Melland
Marriage: 22 November 1958
Steven Michael Edwards
Donna Rene Edwards Wheeler
Timothy William Edwards

Spouse and Children

22 November 1958
Toole, Montana, United States


    Steven Michael Edwards


    Donna Rene Edwards Wheeler



Parents and Siblings

    James Gordon Edwards





World Events (8)


Age 2

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 5

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 15

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 (also common in Wales): patronymic from Edward .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William J Edwards in household of William R Annan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William J Edwards, "Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009"
  • Mr William Joseph Edwards, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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