Allred family papers
- Allred, William (Person)
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Biographical note on Alexandra Allred
Alexandra was born in Harbin, the provincial capital of Russian Manchuria, on March 13, 1910. She had two sisters, Elena, who was younger, and Varvara, who was older. She married Nikolai Simakoff in 1929, and they had one son, Boris (whose name was changed to "William" upon his adoption by Carter Allred). Alexandra and her son moved to Hankow where she met her second husband, Carter Allred. They were married on March 18, 1939.
In July 1941, Alexandra and William left China for Long Beach, California. Carter was unable to join them as he had been recalled to active duty and was later taken prisoner by the Japanese. Alexandra began working for the General Telephone offices in Long Beach. Carter moved back in after his release from a military hospital following his years as a prisoner of war. Sometime between 1948 and 1952, Alexandra and Carter separated and Alexandra relocated to Santa Monica, California, to work at the G.T.E. office there until her retirement in 1975. As Carter's health deteriorated, Alexandra took an active role in taking care of him until his death in 1976.
By 1980, Alexandra had begun to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease. William moved her to a house he had built on the same lot where he lived with his wife. From 1997 onwards, Alexandra lived in assisted living and nursing home facilities. She died on June 12, 2002 and was buried next to her husband at the West Los Angeles National Cemetery.
After earning his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in 1956, William held several jobs over the next few years, including employment overseas in Germany and Sweden. In 1962, he began working for the Federal Housing Administration as an appraiser and a review appraiser. On September 2, 1975, he married Patricia Brockbank in Kuai, Hawaii. William continued to work for FHA-HUD until his retirement in 1990. Once Alexandra's health began to deteriorate William took care of her physical, legal, and financial well being until she passed away in 2002.
After his return to the United States, Carter remained in a medical facility for six months for treatment and observation. Following his release, he moved in with Alexandra in Long Beach. His active service with the Navy was terminated in August, 1947 due to budget constraints, and he received an Honorable Discharge. Carter and Alexandra separated sometime between 1948 and 1952.
Between 1951 and 1958, Carter worked at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, as a buffer polisher. His health began to deteriorate after he was hospitalized with pneumonia in 1960. Alexandra helped locate and buy a home for him in Apple Valley, Ca. where Carter retired and lived until he was hospitalized with bladder obstruction in 1975. Carter passed away in September, 1976 and was laid to rest at the West Los Angeles National Cemetery.
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