Paul Theodore Hamel

22 June 1922–17 February 1984 (Age 61)

The Life of Paul Theodore

When Paul Theodore Hamel was born on 22 June 1922, in Canada, his father, Theodore Hamel, was 35 and his mother, Margaret Marie Galvin, was 31. He married Opal Lee Peters on 30 May 1946, in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States. He lived in Fresno, California, United States in 1935 and Inglewood Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 17 February 1984, in Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States.

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Paul Theodore Hamel
Opal Lee Peters
Marriage: 30 May 1946

Spouse and Children

30 May 1946
Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Theodore Hamel


    Margaret Marie Galvin




    Richard Narcisse Joseph Hamel


    Margaret Faithe Hamel


    Edmond Douglas Hamel


    Elizabeth A Hamel



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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 12

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. 

Age 19

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: variant spelling of Hamill .2 French: topographic name for someone who lived and worked at an outlying farm dependent on the main village, Old French hamel (a diminutive from a Germanic element cognate with Old English hām ‘homestead’).3 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from the city of Hamlin, German Hameln, Yiddish Haml, where the Hamel river empties into the Weser. The name of the river probably derives from the Germanic element ham ‘water meadow’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Paul T Hamel in household of Theodore Hamel, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Paul T Hamel in household of Theodore Hamel, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Paul T Hamel, "Nevada County Marriages, 1862-1993"

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