Benjamin Hugo Winkler

Brief Life History of Benjamin Hugo

When Benjamin Hugo Winkler was born on 26 July 1919, in Wheeler, Grant, Washington, United States, his father, George Winkler, was 41 and his mother, Rosina Engelhardt, was 30. He married Jane Norman on 6 June 1952, in Ephrata, Grant, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Harrah, Yakima, Washington, United States for about 5 years. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 6 June 2000, in Soap Lake, Grant, Washington, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Soap Lake, Grant, Washington, United States.

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Benjamin Hugo Winkler
Jane Norman
Marriage: 6 June 1952
Mary Ann Winkler

Sources (11)

  • Benjamin H Winkler in household of Naas De Bongt, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Benjamin H Winkler, "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"
  • Benjamin H Winkler, "Washington Death Index, 1965-2014"

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World Events (8)


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


Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.


Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Klaus, Otto, Erwin, Hans, Gerhard, Heinz, Hermann, Fritz, Gernot, Helmut, Horst.

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who kept a corner shop or one who farmed a corner of land, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a corner, in all these senses being an agent derivative of Winkel 1 ‘corner’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Hungary, Poland, Czechia, and Slovenia, often as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic topographic names or surnames.

Americanized or Germanized form of Czech, Hungarian, Slovenian, Slovak, and Croatian Vinkler , itself a Slavicized form of the German surname (see 1 above).

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

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