Robert Xavier Eaton

Male1 December 1928–11 August 1985

Brief Life History of Robert Xavier

When Robert Xavier Eaton was born on 1 December 1928, in Tehama, California, United States, his father, Xavier Joseph Eaton, was 33 and his mother, Della Molly Shewmaker, was 25. He lived in Red Bluff, Tehama, California, United States in 1950. He died on 11 August 1985, in Tehama, California, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Red Bluff, Tehama, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Xavier Joseph Eaton
1895–1956
Della Molly Shewmaker
1903–1985
Robert Xavier Eaton
1928–1985

Sources (6)

  • Robert E Eaton, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Robert Xavier Eaton, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"
  • Robert Xavier Eaton, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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World Events (8)

1929

Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 6

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 16

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: habitational name from any of various places called Eaton or Eton, such as Eaton Socon (Bedfordshire), Eaton (Cheshire), or Eton (Buckinghamshire), named from either Old English ēa ‘river’ or ēg ‘island, low-lying land’ + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’.

History: Nathaneal Eaton, born in Coventry, England, c. 1609, came to MA in 1637 and was the first head of Harvard College, in 1638–39.

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

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