Helen Lucille Rodden

13 March 1917–July 1994 (Age 77)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Helen Lucille

Helen Lucille Rodden was born on 13 March 1917, in Oklahoma, United States. She married Richard Dean Thornton. She died in July 1994, in Tarrant, Texas, United States, at the age of 77.

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Richard Dean Thornton
1905–1968
Helen Lucille Rodden
1917–1994
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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 4

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1941

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Irish, Scottish, and English: variant of Roden .2 Altered spelling of German Roden .

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

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