Carl Spear DeWitt Jr

Male29 March 1919–21 August 1994

Brief Life History of Carl Spear

When Carl Spear DeWitt Jr was born on 29 March 1919, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, his father, Carl Spear DeWitt Sr, was 25 and his mother, Barbara Mae Ritson, was 22. He lived in Downey Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 21 August 1994, in Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States.

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Carl Spear DeWitt Sr
Barbara Mae Ritson
Baby Boy DeWitt
John Spearior Dewitt
Ocia S DeWitt
Carl Spear DeWitt Jr
Robert Joseph DeWitt

Sources (10)

  • Carl Dewitt in household of Carl Dewitt, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Carl S Dewitte, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"
  • Carl Spear Dewitt, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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Siblings (5)

World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 15

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 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Dutch: nickname denoting someone with white or very fair hair, or an exceptionally pale complexion, from Middle Dutch witte + the definite article de.

Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland © University of the West of England 2016

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