Billy Joe Bowman

Male31 July 1929–31 July 2005

Brief Life History of Billy Joe

When Billy Joe Bowman was born on 31 July 1929, in Arlington, Tarrant, Texas, United States, his father, Ollie Bowman, was 23 and his mother, Stella Mae Miller, was 23. He married Norma Rae Hutchings on 5 September 1950, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Justice Precinct 8, Tarrant, Texas, United States for about 10 years and Westminster, Orange, California, United States in 1993. He died on 31 July 2005, in Anaheim, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States.

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Billy Joe Bowman
Beth Northrop
Marriage: 1968

Sources (12)

  • Billie J Bowman in household of Ollie L Bowman, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bowman, "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"
  • Billy Joe Bowman, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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    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. 

    1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

    Age 20

    One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, hunter or soldier armed with a bow, from Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer , which denoted a maker or seller of bows.

    Americanized form of German Baumann or the Dutch cognate Bouwman .

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

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