Merlin E. Downing

15 December 1918–6 July 1988 (Age 69)
Arnold, Custer,Nebraska, United States

The Life of Merlin E.

When Merlin E. Downing was born on 15 December 1918, his father, James Wilkie Downing, was 30 and his mother, Gertrude Alta Phifer, was 30. He had at least 1 daughter with Elvie Florella Johnston. He lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States in 1920 and Arnold, Custer, Nebraska, United States in 1930. He died on 6 July 1988, in Middleton, Canyon, Idaho, United States, at the age of 69.

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Family Time Line

Merlin E. Downing
Elvie Florella Johnston
Darla Jenice Downing

Spouse and Children


    Elvie Florella Johnston




Parents and Siblings



    Reba Downing


    Lloyd Glen Downing


    Alta Downing



    Florence Lucinda Downing


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Age 2

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 19

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: sometimes of English origin, but in County Kerry it is usually an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín ( see Dineen ).2 English: patronymic from a variant of Dunn 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merlin E Downing in household of James W Downing, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Merlin Downing in household of James W Downing, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Merlin E. Downing - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Merlin E. Downing

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