Clara Louise Mudd

14 September 1919–16 August 2008 (Age 88)
Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington, United States

The Life of Clara Louise

When Clara Louise Mudd was born on 14 September 1919, in Ellensburg, Kittitas, Washington, United States, her father, Richard Francis Mudd, was 56 and her mother, Marie Frederica Bachmann, was 41. She married Frank William Phelps on 3 August 1939, in Ephrata, Grant, Washington, United States. She lived in Wymer, Kittitas, Washington, United States in 1920 and Kittitas, Kittitas, Washington, United States in 1930. She died on 16 August 2008, in Kittitas, Washington, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Zillah, Yakima, Washington, United States.

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Wendle Wayne Adams
Clara Louise Mudd
Marriage: 17 November 1945

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17 November 1945

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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.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 21

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 25

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:1. from a medieval personal name, a variant of Maud ( see Mould ). 2. from the Old English personal name Mōd(a), a short form of the various compound names containing the element mōd ‘spirit’, ‘mind’, ‘courage’. 3. topographic name for someone who lived in a particularly muddy area, from Middle English mud(de) ‘mud’, perhaps also a metonymic occupational name for a dauber (one who constructed buildings of wattle and daub).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clara Louise Mudd Adams in household of Wendell Wayne Adams, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Clara L Mudd in household of Richard F Mudd, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Clara Mudd in household of Richard F Mudd Jr., "United States Census, 1920"

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