Miles Clayton Hamm

Brief Life History of Miles Clayton

When Miles Clayton Hamm was born on 8 April 1900, in Van Buren, Iowa, United States, his father, William Hamm, was 39 and his mother, Hulda Ora Waddle, was 33. He married Mabel Mae Sidwell on 16 June 1924, in Van Buren, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Chequest Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States for about 20 years and Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States in 1950. He died on 28 November 1955, at the age of 55, and was buried in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Miles Clayton Hamm
1900–1955
Mabel Mae Sidwell
1905–1975
Marriage: 16 June 1924
Leona Lucile Hamm
1925–1993
Edwin D Hamm
Jerry D Hamm
Kenneth Duane Hamm
1928–2008

Sources (23)

  • Miles C Hamm, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Miles Clayton Hamm, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
  • Clayton Hamm, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English (London): topographic name for someone who lived at a place called from Middle English ham(me), hom(me) (Old English hamm), which meant ‘land in a river bend’, ‘land hemmed in by marshland’, ‘wet land hemmed in by higher ground’, ‘river meadow’, or ‘cultivated plot on the edge of woodland or moor’. The topographic term is found mainly in the South Midlands and southern England. There are many farmsteads with this name in Devon and Sussex, five more substantial settlements called Ham or Hamp in Somerset, as well as East and West Ham in Essex, and places called Ham in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, and Wiltshire. This form of the surname is also comparatively frequent in Ireland.

German: topographic name for someone who lived on land in a river bend, Old High German ham (see 1 above).

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of numerous places called Hamm, mainly the city in Westphalia.

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

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