James Ralston Sterrett Jr.

26 March 1896–22 July 1985 (Age 89)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of James Ralston

When James Ralston Sterrett Jr. was born on 26 March 1896, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, James Ralston Sterrett Sr., was 43 and his mother, Emma McConnell, was 34. He married Phyllis Delphine Hand on 20 August 1930, in Alameda, California, United States. He lived in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 22 July 1985, in San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 89.

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James Ralston Sterrett Jr.
Phyllis Delphine Hand
Marriage: 20 August 1930

Spouse and Children

20 August 1930
Alameda, California, United States

Parents and Siblings

    James Ralston Sterrett Sr.


    Emma McConnell




World Events (8)

1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 9

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 10

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 38

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. 

Name Meaning

Northern Irish: variant of Start .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James R J Sterrett, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James R Sterrett Jr. in household of James R Sterrett, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ralston J. Sterret in household of James R Sterret, "United States Census, 1910"

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