Dorothy Catherine Lang

29 March 1911–10 July 1999 (Age 88)
Mount Eden, Alameda, California, United States

The Life of Dorothy Catherine

When Dorothy Catherine Lang was born on 29 March 1911, in Mount Eden, Alameda, California, United States, her father, Ernest George Lang, was 28 and her mother, Mary Catherine Johansen, was 26. She married Merle Ellsworth Wilson on 15 September 1935, in Hayward, Alameda, California, United States. She lived in Eden Judicial Township, Alameda, California, United States in 1920. She died on 10 July 1999, in Alameda, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Hayward, Alameda, California, United States.

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Merle Ellsworth Wilson
Dorothy Catherine Lang
Marriage: 15 September 1935

Spouse and Children

15 September 1935
Hayward, Alameda, California, United States

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World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 2

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 23

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. 

Name Meaning

1 Scottish, English, Dutch, German, Danish, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a tall person, from Older Scots, Middle English, Middle Dutch, Middle German, and Danish lang ‘long’, Swedish lång.2 Hungarian: from láng ‘flame’, hence probably a nickname for a passionate person, or a man with a fighting spirit. Alternatively it may be an indirect occupational name for a smith or someone who worked with fire.3 Chinese 郎: from the name of a place called Lang City in the state of Lu, founded during the Spring and Autumn period ( 722–481 bc ) by a grandson of the ruler. His descendants lived there and adopted Lang as their surname.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dorothy C Sang in household of Jorgen Johansen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Dorothy Wilson in household of Merle Wilson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dorothy C Lang in household of Earnest G Lang, "United States Census, 1930"

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