Rhoda Aletha Simmons

4 August 1922–13 August 2002 (Age 80)
New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States

The Life of Rhoda Aletha

When Rhoda Aletha Simmons was born on 4 August 1922, in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States, her father, John Claude Simmons, was 22 and her mother, Mary Jane McCants, was 19. She married Glen Eugene Pearson Jr on 17 July 1943. She died on 13 August 2002, in Newcastle, Placer, California, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Glen Eugene Pearson Jr
1924–1988
Rhoda Aletha Simmons
1922–2002
Marriage: 17 July 1943

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
17 July 1943

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 12

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. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English (southern): patronymic either from the personal name Simon ( see Simon ) or, as Reaney and Wilson suggest, from the medieval personal name Simund (composed of Old Norse sig ‘victory’ + mundr ‘protection’), which after the Norman Conquest was taken as an equivalent Simon, with the result that the two names became confused.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Roda Simmons in household of Robert Blaine, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rhoda Aletha Simmons, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"
  • Rhoda A Simmons, "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985"

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