Olyan Spencer Turner

1919–2001 (Age 82)
Texas, United States

The Life of Olyan Spencer

When Olyan Spencer Turner was born on 24 March 1919, in Texas, United States, his father, Thomas Jefferson Turner, was 52 and his mother, Nancy Elizabeth Seals, was 42. He lived in Collingsworth, Texas, United States in 1935 and Judicial Township 3, Kern, California, United States in 1940. He died on 18 November 2001, in Butte, California, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Prineville, Crook, Oregon, United States.

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Olyan Spencer Turner
Lena May Neal

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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.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 10

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler.2 English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’.3 English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Olyan S Turner, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Olion S Turner in household of Thomas J Turner, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Turner, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

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