Lela Ervin Jones

17 October 1920–6 April 2012 (Age 91)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Lela Ervin

When Lela Ervin Jones was born on 17 October 1920, in Missouri, United States, her father, Wilson Ava Jones, was 30 and her mother, Cordie Victoria Ellen Jones, was 27. She lived in Judicial Township 11, Fresno, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 6 April 2012, at the age of 91.

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World Events (8)

1931 · The Bagnell Dam and Lake of the Ozarks

Age 11

The Bagnell Dam on the Osage River was completed in 1931. The dam was built to generate hydroelectric power to the Osage Power Plant. The building of the dam created Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and over 1,000 miles of shoreline.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 14

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. 
1945 · Missouri's Fourth Constitution Becomes Effective

Age 25

Missouri's current constitution became effective on March 30, 1945.

Name Meaning

English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) ( see John ). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lela Jones in household of Wilson Jones, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Lela Jones in household of Wilson Jones, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lela Ervine Knapp, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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