Brownie Christina Hornberger

14 July 1918–3 November 2010 (Age 92)
Amador City, Amador, California, United States

The Life of Brownie Christina

When Brownie Christina Hornberger was born on 14 July 1918, in Amador City, Amador, California, United States, her father, Walter Lewis Hornberger, was 37 and her mother, Jessie Belle Brown, was 35. She married Byron Smith Adair on 15 November 1960, in Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Sutter Creek, Amador, California, United States in 1920 and Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States in 1935. She registered for military service in 1942. She died on 3 November 2010, in Ione, Amador, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Ione, Amador, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Byron Smith Adair
Brownie Christina Hornberger
Marriage: 15 November 1960
Curtis Byron Adair

Spouse and Children

15 November 1960


Parents and Siblings



    Esther Sarah Hornberger


    William Nicholas Hornberger



World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

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 The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 16

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. 
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 24

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from Hornberg, a common place name composed of Old High German horn ‘horn’ + berg ‘hill’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Brownie C Hornberger in household of William W Hornberger, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Jessie Hornberger in household of Walter Hornberger, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jessie Hornberger in household of Walter Hornberger, "United States Census, 1920"

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