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1 Harold Camping
Harold Egbert Camping was born 19 Jul 1921 in Denver, Colorado, the second child of Ralph Camping and his wife Trina. When he was six years old, his family moved to Southern California. Harold was the second oldest of five sons. His father died at age 62. In 1942, Harold married Shirley Vander Schurr. He graduated from Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering, then ran his own construction company for 25 years. In 1950 it was called Plymouth Construction. By 1955 it had changed to Harold Camping Construction. He has one son, and six daughters. (See "Harold Camping", bibleandscience.com) His children are or were: Carol 1943, James 1945, Patricia 1946, Susan 1950, Jeri 1956, Donna 1959, all born in Alameda County, California. Harold Camping currently lives in Oakland, Alameda County.
Harold Camping started the Family Radio company, but is most famous today for his repeated predictions of when the Rapture will occur. Some Christians, believing that the end of the world will be accompanied by seven years of Tribulation, have decided that Christ will take Christians to Heaven before this Tribulation period. This taking is called The Rapture. Harold had previously predicted this would occur back in the 1990s (I forget exactly when), but lately he predicted it would occur on 21 May 2011. He has now decided that Christ returned on that date only spiritually, not physically, and that the real Rapture will occur around October or something.
2 Ralph J Camping
Roelof Jacobus "Ralph" Camping was born 27 Nov 1889 in Holland (now part of The Netherlands). On 5 Jun 1917, he registered for the World War I Draft as "Ralph Jacobus Camping", living in Denver, born 27 Nov 1889 in Groningen, Holland. His occupation then was a dairyman with grey eyes, light hair, tall and slender. Also registered in Denver was a "John Camping" born in 1892, also born in Groningen, Holland, who is thus most likely his brother.
Ralph married by 1920 to Trijntje "Trina" Hettema, also a native of that country. About 1927, Ralph and his family moved to California, where they are enumerated in 1930 in the Federal Census living in Chino, San Bernardino County. At that time, Ralph and Trina had four sons and one daughter. Ralph died 20 Nov 1953 in Alameda County, California.
Primary Sources for 2
- World War I Draft Registration Cards he registered in Denver, Colorado
- 1930 Federal Census of Chino, San Bernardino County, California
- California Death Index, 1940-1997
3 Trina Hettema
Trijntje "Trina" Hettema was born in 1889/90 ("aged 40" in 1930) in what is now The Netherlands. She married by 1920 to Ralph J Camping. About 1927, Ralph and his family moved to California, where they are enumerated in 1930 in the Federal Census living in Chino, San Bernardino County. At that time, Ralph and Trina had four sons and one daughter. She died 10 Feb 1974 in Ripon, California.
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