Orlin Dale Willson

18 February 1881–3 June 1940 (Age 59)
Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

The Life of Orlin Dale

When Orlin Dale Willson was born on 18 February 1881, in Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, his father, William Henry Harrison Willson, was 40 and his mother, Viola Minerva Burdick, was 34. He married Mertie Etz on 12 November 1902, in Wilson, Menominee, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Wilson Township, Charlevoix, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan, United States in 1930. He died on 3 June 1940, in Fenton, Genesee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Boyne City, Charlevoix, Michigan, United States.

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Orlin Dale Willson
Mertie Etz
Marriage: 12 November 1902
Lyle Owen Willson
Loy Vern Willson
Kenneth Wilson
Leta Wilson

Spouse and Children

12 November 1902
Wilson, Menominee, Michigan, United States



    Loy Vern Willson


    Kenneth Wilson


    Leta Wilson


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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 6

The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit "water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream." H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, "TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII".
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 17

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Wilson .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Orlin Wilson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Orlin F. Wilson in household of William Wilson, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Orlin D Wilson, "United States Census, 1930"

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