Wanda Elaine Mathews

Brief Life History of Wanda Elaine

When Wanda Elaine Mathews was born on 13 January 1918, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, her father, Hopkin Charles Mathews, was 39 and her mother, Wanda Borkhardt, was 26. She married Ralph Giles Chalker on 2 April 1943, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She lived in Salt Lake City Election Precinct, Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 5 years and United States in 1949. She died on 15 September 2012, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Ralph Giles Chalker
Wanda Elaine Mathews
Marriage: 2 April 1943

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  • Elaine Chalker, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Wanda Elaine Mathews - Memory of Someone: birth-name: Wanda Elaine Mathews
  • Wanda Elaine Mathew Chalker, "Find A Grave Index"

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1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

1921 · One of The Oldest Coasters in the World

Utah is home to one of the oldest coasters in the world that is still operational. The Roller Coaster, at Lagoon Amusement park, is listed number 5.

1944 · The G.I Bill

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: patronymic from Mathew ; a variant of Matthews . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages.

History: Among the earliest bearers of the name in North America was Samuel Mathews (c. 1600–c. 1657), who came to VA from London c. 1618. He established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River, which was at first called Mathews Manor; later its name was changed to Denbigh. He was one of the most powerful and influential men in the early affairs of the colony. He (or possibly his son, who bore the same name) was governor of the colony from 1657 until his death in 1660.

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

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