Southwest Museum Scientist Archaeologist / Ethnologist - Mark Raymond Harrington and Bertha "Birdie" Parker

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  • ID: I135
  • Name: Wilma Mae PALLAN
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 5 FEB 1925 in Los Angeles, California
  • Death: 18 JUL 1942 in Thermalito, Butte Co., CA
  • Burial: 23 JUL 1942 Oroville, Butte Co., CA
  • Education: Student at Sherman Indian School, Riverside, CA at time of her death.
  • Note:

    1925 birth certificate, father not identified, place of birth The Salvation Army Womens Home., born at 8:20am
    1930 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California as Wilma A. Pallan, boarder with the ? Howard family, race Indian.

    California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Name: Wilma Mae Pallan
    Social Security #: 0
    Sex: FEMALE
    Birth Date: 5 Feb 1925
    Birthplace: California
    Death Date: 18 Jul 1942
    Death Place: Butte
    Mother's Maiden Name: Parker
    FATHER'S SURNAME: Pallan

    California Birth Index, 1905-1995
    Name: Wilma Parker
    Birth Date: 5 Feb 1925
    Gender: Female
    Mother's Maiden Name: Parker
    Birth County: Los Angeles

    Ancestry.com Message Board Post:
    I need help to find a volunteer researcher who can possibly find some students records for a Wilma Pallan who attended the former Sherman Indian boarding school or institute in Riverside, Calif.
    Wilma Pallan's grandmother, Beulah Filson or Filsen from Oroville, was previously married to Arthur C. Parker who was a NA archeologist from NY of some fame and he was a descendant of the famous Ely S. Parker, Seneca.
    Wilma's mother was Bertha or "Birdie" Parker who was also a archeologist and or anthropologist and who wrote many scientific articles. Wilma's father is uncertain. Bertha or Birdie may have been married to Pallan and also possibly to Thomas, so Wilma's registered student name at the school is uncertain. Wilma's step father was Iron Eyes Cody who was a NA actor who was in more than 100 movies prior to WW II and on his own TV shows later. His name is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Palm Springs Walk of Fame and he has written books about Indian sign language and his Hollywood career. Wilma Pallan or Parker or Thomas or Cody was raised in LA or Hollywood before becoming a "wild child" and being sent to the Sherman Institute. Wilma was at her grandmothers for summer vacation when she died of an accidental gun shot wound 18 Jul 1942 at age 17 in Thermalito, Butte Co, CA..
    Dan Brown

    Wilma May Pallan was found in the 1941 student roll at the Sherman Indian School, Riverside California. She was 16 years old in the 10th grade, was listed as 9/16 Abenak, and her parent as Bertha P. Cody c/o Southwest Museum. This was the only record of her discovered in the school files. No photograph, including a search in school annuals, was found.

    Death certificate has father's name, following coroner's inquest cause of death as accidental gunshot wound to abdomen.
  • Change Date: 6 DEC 2008



    Father: Joseph PALLAN b: ABT 1900 in Yuma, Arizona
    Mother: Bertha (Birdie) Alden PARKER b: 30 AUG 1907 in New York

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