Kathryn Patricia Sidwell

Female27 February 1929–13 February 2000

Brief Life History of Kathryn Patricia

When Kathryn Patricia Sidwell was born on 27 February 1929, in Canada, her father, Thomas Pearson Sidwell, was 34 and her mother, Margaret Kathleen Arland, was 33. She died on 13 February 2000, in Ventura, Ventura, California, United States, at the age of 70.

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Alexander Babcock
Kathryn Patricia Sidwell

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  • Kathryn P Sidwell in household of Thomas P Sidwell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sidwell in entry for Bryan Alexander Babcock, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"

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World Events (8)


Age 2

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 5

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 19

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

English (Warwickshire):

metronymic from a Middle English female personal name Sidewell, an altered form of Sidefulle. It was the name of an Anglo-Saxon saint associated with the parish of Saint Sidwells in Exeter (Devon) and whose cult in Wilts is evidenced in a minor placename Sidefollewelle (1377–99). Her name is a Christian coinage meaning ‘the virtuous one’, from Old English sidu ‘morality’ + full ‘full’.

variant of Sitwell, a rare Derbyshire name, probably a nickname from a Middle English phrase meaning ‘sit well’.

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

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