Madena Opal Moomaw

17 November 1911–8 September 2007 (Age 95)
Orange, California, United States

The Life of Madena Opal

When Madena Opal Moomaw was born on 17 November 1911, in Orange, California, United States, her father, David Bowman Moomaw, was 26 and her mother, Mae E Rexroad, was 23. She married Myron Hubert Popham on 8 February 1931, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930 and Long Beach Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. She died on 8 September 2007, in Orange, California, United States, at the age of 95.

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Family Time Line

Myron Hubert Popham
Madena Opal Moomaw
Marriage: 8 February 1931
Clyde David Popham

Spouse and Children

8 February 1931
California, United States


Parents and Siblings




    Elva Louise Moomaw


    Harriet Kathryn Moomaw


    Doris B Moomaw


    Irene Beth Moomaw


World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 23

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. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 26

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Compare Mumau , Mumaw . This surname is found mainly in VA and OH.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Madena Pophan in household of Myron H Pophan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Madena Moomaw in household of Dave Moomaw, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Madera D Moomaw in household of David B Moomaw, "United States Census, 1920"

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