John Richard Brakefield

1912–2013 (Age 100)
Willard, Fallon, Montana, United States

The Life of John Richard

When John Richard Brakefield was born on 11 August 1912, in Willard, Fallon, Montana, United States, his father, John Samuel Brakefield, was 40 and his mother, Esther Nancy Allen, was 36. He married Helen Louise Dean in 1939. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Knobs, Fallon, Montana, United States in 1930 and Green Bluff Township, Spokane, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 7 February 2013, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 100, and was buried in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Richard Brakefield
Helen Louise Dean
Marriage: 1939
David Brakefield
John Brakefield
Kenneth Brakefield
Nancy Brakefield

Spouse & Children



  • David Brakefield


  • John Brakefield


  • Kenneth Brakefield


  • Nancy Brakefield


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World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Age 1

Historical Boundaries - 1913: Fallon, Montana, United States
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 28

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 guests 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.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English brake ‘thicket’, ‘bracken’ ( see Brake ) + feld ‘open country’, ‘cleared land’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Richard Brakefield in household of John S Brakefield, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John R Brakefield, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John R Brakefield in household of John S Brakefield, "United States Census, 1930"

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