William Bache Fretter

1916–1991 (Age 74)
Los Angeles, California, United States

The Life of William Bache

When William Bache Fretter was born on 28 September 1916, in Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, William Albert Fretter, was 26 and his mother, Dorothy Bach, was 25. He lived in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 5 years and Oakland Judicial Township, Alameda, California, United States in 1940. He died on 24 March 1991, in Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 74.

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William Albert Fretter
Dorothy Bach
William Bache Fretter
Richard H. Fretter

Parents & Siblings

  • William Albert Fretter


  • Female1891–1968Female



World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

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 · The Neutrality Act

Age 21

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Fretter, an occupational name for a maker of ornaments (especially for the hair) consisting of jewels set in a lattice network, from an agent derivative of Middle English frette, Old French frete ‘interlaced work’.

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

Sources (3)

  • William Vetter in household of Willie A Vetter, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Fretter in household of John H Powles, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William A Fretter in household of Dorothy B Fretter, "United States Census, 1930"

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