Shelby William Altom

1928–1971 (Age 43)
Swifton, Jackson, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Shelby William

When Shelby William Altom was born on 21 February 1928, in Swifton, Jackson, Arkansas, United States, his father, Willie L. Vester Altom, was 23 and his mother, Lenora Linnie Lee Crawford, was 20. He married Yvonne Valerie Ann Crisp in 1959, in United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 11 December 1971, in Chowchilla, Madera, California, United States, at the age of 43.

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Shelby William Altom
Yvonne Valerie Ann Crisp
Marriage: 1959
Teresa Lynn Altom

Spouse & Children

United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Carrol Vester Altom


  • Male1928–1971Male

  • Kenneth Eugene Altom


  • Ruby Joyce Altom


  • Bobby Ray Altom


World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 6

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 13

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Probably one of several variants of English Halton or Alton , but it could also be an altered form of English Altham, which is a habitational name from Altham in Whalley, Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘river meadow (hamm) of the swans (elfitu)’.

Possible Related Names

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

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Shelby William Altom - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Shelbie William Altom

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