Oretha Mae Jonas

16 November 1913–14 April 1996 (Age 82)
Nebraska, United States

The Life of Oretha Mae

When Oretha Mae Jonas was born on 16 November 1913, in Nebraska, United States, her father, James Carl Jonas, was 38 and her mother, Florence May Chaffee, was 33. She had at least 1 daughter with Armon Thornton Tolle. She lived in Yankee Hill, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States in 1920 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930. She died on 14 April 1996, in West Covina, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Armon Thornton Tolle
1908–1984
Oretha Mae Jonas
1913–1996
Thoren Marie Tolle
1930–2016

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    Thoren Marie Tolle

    Female1930–2016Female

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 21

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. 
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 22

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

1 English, German, French, Jewish (Ashkenazic), Lithuanian, Czech, and Slovak (Jonáš), and Hungarian (Jónás): from a medieval personal name, which comes from the Hebrew male personal name Yona, meaning ‘dove’. In the book of the Bible which bears his name, Jonah was appointed by God to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh, but tried to flee instead to Tarshish. On the voyage to Tarshish, a great storm blew up, and Jonah was thrown overboard by his shipmates to appease God's wrath, swallowed by a great fish, and delivered by it on the shores of Nineveh. This story exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination in medieval Europe, and the personal name was a relatively common choice. The Hebrew name and its reflexes in other languages (for example Yiddish Yoyne) have been popular Jewish personal names for generations. There are also saints, martyrs, and bishops called Jonas venerated in the Orthodox Church. Ionas is found as a Greek family name.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): respelling of Yonis, with Yiddish possessive -s.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Oretha M Tolle in household of Arman T Tolle, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oretha M Jonas in household of James C Jonas, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Oretha Tolle in household of Armon Tolle, "United States Census, 1940"

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