Selma Emily Fretter

1915–1997 (Age 82)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Selma Emily

Selma Emily Fretter was born on 15 January 1915, in Ohio, United States as the daughter of Fretter and Mitchell. She married Eugene William McEntee in 1931, in Hancock, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States for about 5 years. She died on 9 January 1997, in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 81.

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Selma Emily Fretter
Eugene William McEntee
Marriage: 1931
Donald Eugene McEntee
Marlene Claire Mcentee

Spouse & Children

Hancock, Ohio, United States


  • Donald Eugene McEntee


  • Marlene Claire Mcentee


Parents & Siblings

  • Fretter


  • Mitchell




World Events (8)

1917 · The Cleveland Metro Parks

Age 2

The vision of the Cleveland Metropolitan Park came from William Albert Stinchcomb when he was appointed chief engineer of the City Parks Department. The Parks are a system of nature preserved parks encircling the city. It is unofficially referred to as the Emerald Necklace, because of the ring of green around the city. It is home to over 300 miles of trails as well as nature education centers, golf courses, and a zoo. Today the site gets over 18 million visitors a year with varying amenities and geographical features.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 19

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. 
1947 · Ohio's First Television station

Age 32

WEWS-TV first signed on the air on December 17 and was the first commercially licensed television station in Ohio. It has been the only station in Cleveland that has held the same frequency, ownership, and call letters since its initial sign-on. The first broadcast on the station was a Christmas pageant run by the Cleveland Press. 

Name Meaning

English: variant of Fretter, an occupational name for a maker of ornaments (especially for the hair) consisting of jewels set in a lattice network, from an agent derivative of Middle English frette, Old French frete ‘interlaced work’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Selma Mcentee in household of Eugene Mcentee, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Selma Fretter in entry for Richard Eugene Town and Marlene Claire Mcentee, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Selma Fretter in entry for Donald Eugene Mcentee and Jeanne Marie Connolly, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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