Merlin E. Downing

Male15 December 1918–6 July 1988

Brief Life History of Merlin E.

When Merlin E. Downing was born on 15 December 1918, in Arnold, Custer, Nebraska, United States, 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. He died on 6 July 1988, in Middleton, Canyon, Idaho, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Middleton, Canyon, Idaho, United States.

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Merlin E. Downing
Elvie Florella Johnston
Darla Jenice Downing

Sources (5)

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

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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 The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.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 Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.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

Irish (Cork and Kerry): sometimes of English origin, but in County Kerry it is usually an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín (see Dineen ).

English: from the Middle English personal name Dun(n)ing, Douning (Old English Dunning, a derivative of Old English Dunna (see Dunn ).

English (Devon): topographic name for someone who lived on the hill, an -ing derivative of Middle English doun ‘hill’, equivalent to Downer . This formation is characteristic of Devon (compare Brooking ).

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

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