Reino W. Rantala

Male7 February 1927–2 October 1986

Brief Life History of Reino W.

When Reino W. Rantala was born on 7 February 1927, in Michigan, United States, his father, Matti Matinpoika Rantala, was 47 and his mother, Emma Lang, was 47. He had at least 1 son with Joan Rita Lane. He lived in Maple Grove Township, Manistee, Michigan, United States in 1950 and Dearborn Heights, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1983. He died on 2 October 1986, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Maple Grove Township Cemetery, Kaleva, Maple Grove Township, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

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Reino W. Rantala
Joan Rita Lane
Geoffrey Rantala

Sources (7)

  • Reino Rantala, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Reino Rantala, "Michigan Death Index, 1971-1996"
  • Reino W Rantala, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"

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World Events (8)

1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 1

"The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, """"He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them."


Age 2

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.

1943 · The Detroit Race Riots

Age 16

The 1943 Detroit Race Riot started on the evening of June 20 and lasted through June 22. It occurred in a period of dramatic social tensions associated with the military buildup of World War II, as Detroit's automotive industry was converted to the war effort. What fueled the fire the most was the arrival of nearly 400,000 migrants, both African-American and White Southerners, and the competition for space and jobs. It was suppressed after 6,000 federal troops were ordered into the city to restore peace. A total of 34 people were killed, 25 of them African-Americans and most at the hands of white police or National Guardsmen; 433 were wounded, 75 percent of them African-American.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Finnish Arvo, Seppo, Toivo, Wilho, Jaakko, Jorma, Martti, Olli, Pentti, Rauno, Reijo, Tauno.

Finnish: variant of Ranta ‘shore’, with the locative suffix -la. Originally the surname was probably a habitational name, from a farm so called; later it was also adopted as an ornamental name during the name conversion movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, often in place of Swedish surnames containing the element strand ‘shore’. It is found mainly in southwestern Finland.

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

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