Oscar James Dowd (1919 - 2000)

Oscar James Dowd
1919 - 2000
updated February 06, 2019
Oscar James Dowd was born on December 13, 1919 in Caney, Oklahoma USA. He was born to James Clayborn Dowd and Fannie Lee (Burchett) Dowd, with siblings Dora, Iverson, Seyborn, Thurman, and Edith. He married Ruth Gravley in 1966 and Ruth died on April 16, 1988. Oscar died on April 28, 2000 in Owasso, Oklahoma at 80 years of age.

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Oscar Dowd was born on in Caney, Atoka County, Oklahoma USA
Oscar Dowd died on in Owasso, Tulsa County, Oklahoma United States
Oscar Dowd was born on in Caney, Atoka County, Oklahoma USA
Oscar Dowd died on in Owasso, Tulsa County, Oklahoma United States
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at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma USA
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Home in 1930 Phillips, Coal, Oklahoma, USA at age 10


Farm Laborer in Rural Atoka Oklahoma in 1940
Maintenance Man in Roseville, Placer, California, USA in 1966

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Enlistment Date 21 Dec 1942
Release Date 8 Nov 1945

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Aug 16, 1876 - January 1956
Mar 22, 1892 - Jan 9, 1929


Jul 2, 1917 - Mar 12, 2002
Dec 21, 1923 - Mar 4, 2004
Nov 7, 1909 - Jul 15, 1965
Aug 22, 1911 - May 8, 1988
Aug 24, 1914 - 2006



Oscar James Dowd & Ruth Ardella (Gravley) Morgan

1966 - April 16, 1988
Cause of Separation: Death


Sep 4, 1912 - Apr 16, 1988


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Patricia Walling
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Oscar was my step grandfather and was a very sweet gentle caring man. He had a very southern drawl and when we would leave he would say yall come back now. In the last year of his wife Ruth's life he would go to the nursing home 2 times a day to try to get her to eat. Such a devoted husband he would do anything for her.
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Floral Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Burial Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States of America

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1919 - 2000 World Events

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In 1919, in the year that Oscar James Dowd was born, in June, the Treaty of Versailles - officially ending World War I - was signed. The European Allies demanded "compensation by Germany for all damage done to the civilian population of the Allies and their property by the aggression of Germany by land, by sea and from the air.” The requirement of compensation is seen by most as the reason for the collapse of the German economy and gave rise to the rule of Hitler.

In 1929, when he was just 10 years old, on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1954, at the age of 35 years old, Oscar was alive when on May 17th, the Supreme Court released a decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The ruling stated that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional thus paving the way for integration in schools.

In 1964, when he was 45 years old, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

In 1991, by the time he was 72 years old, on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

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Mar 22, 1892 - Jan 9, 1929
Nov 7, 1909 - Jul 15, 1965
Aug 22, 1911 - May 8, 1988
Aug 24, 1914 - 2006
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Oct 15, 1899 - Dec 13, 1978

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