Clayton William “Bill” Crabtree

25 March 1921–2 August 2003 (Age 82)
Hall, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Clayton William “Bill”

When Clayton William “Bill” Crabtree was born on 25 March 1921, in Hall, Nebraska, United States, his father, William Abel Crabtree, was 35 and his mother, Golda Mabel Emmons, was 25. He married Rose Patricia O'Sullivan on 23 September 1946, in Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Mayfield Township, Hall, Nebraska, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1940. He died on 2 August 2003, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 82.

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Clayton William “Bill” Crabtree
Rose Patricia O'Sullivan
Marriage: 23 September 1946
Teresa Ann Crabtree

Spouse and Children

23 September 1946
Grand Island, Hall, Nebraska, United States


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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

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

Age 13

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 23

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: topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree, Middle English crabbetre ( see Crabb 2).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clayton Crabtree in household of William Crabtree, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Clayton W Crabtree in household of William A Crabtree, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mr Clayton William Or Bill Crabtree, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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