Edna Merle Soper

August 1888–
Illinois, United States

The Life of Edna Merle

When Edna Merle Soper was born in August 1888, in Illinois, United States, her father, Henry Soper, was 44 and her mother, Magdalen Moore, was 35. She married John Clyde Vail on 5 October 1910, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Senachwine Township, Putnam, Illinois, United States for about 20 years and Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 10 years.

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Family Time Line

John Clyde Vail
Edna Merle Soper
Marriage: 5 October 1910
Dorothy Vail

Spouse and Children

5 October 1910
Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States


    Dorothy Vail


Parents and Siblings



    Grace Soper


    Frank Soper



    Lottie B Soper


    Bessie I Soper


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 2

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1892 · The Masonic Temple Building

Age 4

The Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper built in Chicago and from 1895 to 1920 it was the tallest building in Chicago. The building featured a central court surrounded by shops on nine floors. On top of the shops there were meeting rooms that were also used as theaters. In 1939 the Masonic Temple was demolished, and a Walgreens drug store was erected in its place. 
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 31

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 The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): occupational name for a soapmaker, from an agent derivative of Middle English sōpe ‘soap’ (apparently of Celtic origin). The process involved boiling oil or fat together with potash or soda.

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

Sources (3)

  • Merle Vail in household of Clyde Vail, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merle Vail in household of Clyde Vail, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Edna M Vail in household of Henry W Soper, "United States Census, 1920"

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