Lonnie B. Courtney

4 December 1929–5 February 1974 (Age 44)
New Boston, Bowie, Texas, United States

The Life of Lonnie B.

When Lonnie B. Courtney was born on 4 December 1929, in New Boston, Bowie, Texas, United States, his father, Lonnie Charles Courtney, was 35 and his mother, Nora Terrell, was 19. He married Shirley Lee McClure on 10 September 1954, in San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Justice Precinct 3, Bowie, Texas, United States in 1940 and Oak Grove, Bowie, Texas, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1948. He died on 5 February 1974, in Sylmar, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Lonnie B. Courtney
Shirley Lee McClure
Marriage: 10 September 1954

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10 September 1954
San Pedro, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 5

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. 
1937 · Los Angeles California Temple

Age 8

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Los Angeles California Temple on March 6, 1937. 
1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

Age 20

One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

Name Meaning

1 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Courtenay near Sens in northern France, or some other place similarly named, from the name of a Romano-Gallic landlord, Curtenus (a derivative of Latin curtus ‘short’) + the locative suffix -acum.2 English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a snub nose, from Old French c(o)urt ‘short’ + nes ‘nose’ (Latin nasus).3 Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Curnáin ‘descendant of Curnán’, an Old Irish personal name from a diminutive of corn ‘horn’.

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

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  • Lonnie B Courtney in household of Lonnie Courtney, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lonnie B Courtney, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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