John Robert Weese

22 January 1919–24 January 1985 (Age 66)
Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Robert

When John Robert Weese was born on 22 January 1919, in Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, Harry Ernest Weese, was 42 and his mother, Marjorie Mohr, was 26. He married Vesta Jane Firestone on 15 April 1950, in Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States. He lived in New Trier Township, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Kenilworth, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 24 January 1985, in Marin, California, United States, at the age of 66.

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John Robert Weese
Vesta Jane Firestone
Marriage: 15 April 1950

Spouse and Children

15 April 1950
Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Harry Mohr Weese




    Suzanne Weese


    Benjamin Horace Weese


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 15

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. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 18

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 German and Dutch (de Weese): descriptive epithet for an orphan, Middle Low German we(e)se.2 North German: topographic name from Middle Low German wese (modern German Wiese) ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John R Weese in household of Harry E Weese, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John R Weese in household of Harry E Weese, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John Robert Weese in household of Harry E Weese, "United States Census, 1940"

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