Walter Benjamin Stephens

21 April 1921–15 July 1999 (Age 78)
Harrisonville, Cass, Missouri, United States

The Life of Walter Benjamin

When Walter Benjamin Stephens was born on 21 April 1921, in Harrisonville, Cass, Missouri, United States, his father, William Brady Stephens, was 36 and his mother, Grace Mae Dragoo, was 22. He married Erma Darlene Gay on 1 January 1950, in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Santa Barbara, California, United States in 1930. He died on 15 July 1999, in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States.

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Walter Benjamin Stephens
Erma Darlene Gay
Marriage: 1 January 1950
Cheryl Ann Stephens

Spouse and Children

1 January 1950
Ashland, Jackson, Oregon, United States


    Cheryl Ann Stephens


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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 13

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. 
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 21

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Stephen ( see Steven ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Walter B Stephens in household of William B Stephens, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter B Stephens in household of William B Stephens, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Walter Benjamin Stephens, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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