Francis Alwilda Norris

26 April 1917–12 July 2002 (Age 85)
Williams, Lake of the Woods, Mn., USA

The Life of Francis Alwilda

When Francis Alwilda Norris was born on 26 April 1917, her father, John Robert Norris, was 48 and her mother, Anna Mary Selner, was 41. She married William George Sadek on 27 April 1936, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Williams, Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, United States in 1940 and California, United States in 1990. She died on 12 July 2002, at the age of 85.

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William George Sadek
Francis Alwilda Norris
Marriage: 27 April 1936
Karen Isabel Sadek

Spouse and Children

27 April 1936
Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States


    Karen Isabel Sadek


Parents and Siblings

    John Robert Norris





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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 17

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 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish:1. regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. 3. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Frances Norris in household of John R Norris, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Francis Sadela in household of Anna Martha Norris, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Frances A Norris in household of John R Norris, "United States Census, 1930"

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