William Howard Rokes

21 January 1928–12 January 2004 (Age 75)
Palms, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

The Life of William Howard

When William Howard Rokes was born on 21 January 1928, in Palms, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Frederick Frank Rokes, was 25 and his mother, Lena Martha Howard, was 22. He married Elma Barbara Schlote on 5 January 1957, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, California, United States. He lived in San Francisco, California, United States in 1940 and Merrill, Klamath, Oregon, United States in 1993. He registered for military service in 1946. He died on 12 January 2004, in Klamath, Oregon, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Jackson, Oregon, United States.

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William Howard Rokes
Elma Barbara Schlote
Marriage: 5 January 1957

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5 January 1957
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, California, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1937 · Los Angeles California Temple

Age 9

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Los Angeles California Temple on March 6, 1937. 
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 20

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

English:1. variant of Roke , a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree ( see Oak ), from a misdivision of Middle English atter oke ‘at the oak’. Roke in Oxfordshire and Rock in Worcestershire are named in this way, and so the surname may be habitational in some cases. 2. possibly a variant of Rock 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Howard Rokes in household of Fred F Rokes, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Howard Rokes in household of Lynn A Bryan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William H Rokes in household of Frederick F Rokes, "United States Census, 1930"

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