Wilbur Henry Meyer

31 August 1916–10 December 2003 (Age 87)
North Dakota, United States

The Life of Wilbur Henry

When Wilbur Henry Meyer was born on 31 August 1916, in North Dakota, United States, his father, Henry A. Meyer, was 32 and his mother, Emma Theolina Ness, was 38. He married Elaine Victoria Setran on 6 August 1942, in Salinas, Monterey, California, United States. He lived in Velva, McHenry, North Dakota, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 December 2003, in Marina, Monterey, California, United States, at the age of 87.

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Wilbur Henry Meyer
Elaine Victoria Setran
Marriage: 6 August 1942

Spouse and Children

6 August 1942
Salinas, Monterey, California, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Emma Theolina Ness




World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

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. 

Age 25

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 German and Dutch: from Middle High German meier, a status name for a steward, bailiff, or overseer, which later came to be used also to denote a tenant farmer, which is normally the sense in the many compound surnames formed with this term as a second element. Originally it denoted a village headman (ultimately from Latin māior ‘greater’, ‘superior’).2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Meyer (from Hebrew Meir ‘enlightener’, a derivative of Hebrew or ‘light’).3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meidhir, from meidhir ‘mirth’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wilbur Mayer in household of Henry Mayer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wilbur Meyer in household of Henry L Meyer, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Wilbur H Meyer, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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