Matthew William Burgan

10 October 1917–16 April 1995 (Age 77)
Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California, United States

The Life of Matthew William

When Matthew William Burgan was born on 10 October 1917, in Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Edward Henry Burgan, was 36 and his mother, Leona Elizabeth Cleveland, was 27. He lived in Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1920 and Judicial Township 5, Tuolumne, California, United States in 1930. He died on 16 April 1995, in Shasta, Shasta, California, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Lawncrest Memorial Park, Redding, Shasta, California, United States.

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Matthew William Burgan
Marion Catherine Houpt

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    Leona Elizabeth Cleveland




World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 17

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. 

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Burgin .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Matt W Burgan in household of Edward H Burgan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Matt Burgan in household of Edward H Burgan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Mathis Burgan, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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