Kenneth Kingdom Kirby Sr

13 September 1926–16 August 2009 (Age 82)
Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

The Life of Kenneth Kingdom

When Kenneth Kingdom Kirby Sr was born on 13 September 1926, in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States, his father, Arthur Chester Kirby, was 42 and his mother, Bessie Honour Jacobs, was 43. He married Suzanne Diantha Folsom on 17 September 1978, in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States. He lived in Oakdale Judicial Township, Stanislaus, California, United States in 1940. He died on 16 August 2009, in Umatilla, Umatilla, Oregon, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Enterprise Cemetery, Enterprise, Wallowa, Oregon, United States.

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Kenneth Kingdom Kirby Sr
Suzanne Diantha Folsom
Marriage: 17 September 1978

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17 September 1978
Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 8

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. 
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Kenneth Kirby in household of Aurthur C Kirby, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Kenneth K Kirby in household of Arthur C Kirby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Kenneth Kingdon Kirby, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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