James Stanley Wheeler

29 September 1923–6 December 1997 (Age 74)
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Life of James Stanley

When James Stanley Wheeler was born on 29 September 1923, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, his father, James Wheeler, was 26 and his mother, Corenne Allen, was 20. He married Doris White on 29 November 1956. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 6 December 1997, in Crescent City, Del Norte, California, United States, at the age of 74.

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James Stanley Wheeler
Doris White
Marriage: 29 November 1956
Lawrence Allen Wheeler

Spouse and Children

29 November 1956


Parents and Siblings

    James Wheeler


    Corenne Allen




World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 5

"The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, """"He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them."
1943 · The Detroit Race Riots

Age 20

The 1943 Detroit Race Riot started on the evening of June 20 and lasted through June 22. It occurred in a period of dramatic social tensions associated with the military buildup of World War II, as Detroit's automotive industry was converted to the war effort. What fueled the fire the most was the arrival of nearly 400,000 migrants, both African-American and White Southerners, and the competition for space and jobs. It was suppressed after 6,000 federal troops were ordered into the city to restore peace. A total of 34 people were killed, 25 of them African-Americans and most at the hands of white police or National Guardsmen; 433 were wounded, 75 percent of them African-American.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of wheels (for vehicles or for use in spinning or various other manufacturing processes), from an agent derivative of Middle English whele ‘wheel’. The name is particularly common on the Isle of Wight; on the mainland it is concentrated in the neighboring region of central southern England.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Wheeler, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • James Stanley Wheeler, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • Legacy NFS Source: James Stanley Wheeler - Government record: Social Security record: death: 6 December 1997; Crescent City, Del Norte, California, United States

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