George James Gottwald

9 October 1919–26 July 2007 (Age 87)
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of George James

When George James Gottwald was born on 9 October 1919, in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, George James Gottwald, was 28 and his mother, Freda Pratt, was 26. He had at least 1 son with Mildred Lyyli Laitinen. He lived in Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States for about 5 years and Seattle, King, Washington, United States in 1980. He died on 26 July 2007, in King, Washington, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Shoreline, King, Washington, United States.

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George James Gottwald
Mildred Lyyli Laitinen
George James Gottwald III

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    Arthur Pratt Gottwald


    Natalie Gottwald


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 21

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

Eastern German: from a medieval personal name composed of the elements got ‘God’ or gōd ‘good’ + walt(an) ‘rule’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • George J Gottwald in household of John J Gottwald, "United States Census, 1940"
  • George J Gottwald Jr. in household of George J Gottwald, "United States Census, 1930"
  • George Gottwald Jr. in household of George Gottwald, "United States Census, 1920"

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