Billie D. Baker

24 February 1919–24 February 1995 (Age 76)
Wise, Wise, Virginia, United States

The Life of Billie D.

Billie D. Baker was born on 24 February 1919, in Wise, Wise, Virginia, United States. He died on 24 February 1995, in Plant City, Hillsborough, Florida, United States, at the age of 76.

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Billie D. Baker
1919–1995
Ruth E. Robinson
1922–1986

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1920

Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1920

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.
1924 · Name change

Age 5

Name changed from Gladeville to Wise in 1924.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller . Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.2 Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges ( 1988 ).

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

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