Ben Mark Crites

27 August 1912–9 January 1983 (Age 70)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Ben Mark

When Ben Mark Crites was born on 27 August 1912, in Oklahoma, United States, his father, Ewell Benjamin Crites, was 22 and his mother, Myrtle Allen, was 32. He lived in Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States in 1920. He died on 9 January 1983, in Napa, Napa, California, United States, at the age of 70.

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Ben Mark Crites
1912–1983
Wilma Dell Carpenter
1915–1987

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World Events (8)

1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 2

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 5

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 22

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. 

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Kreutz .

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

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  • Ben Mark Crites in household of Ewell B Crites, "United States Census, 1920"

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