Norman Elmer Thornton

19 November 1921–9 April 1997 (Age 75)
Becker, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Norman Elmer

When Norman Elmer Thornton was born on 19 November 1921, in Becker, Minnesota, United States, his father, Herman Fredrick Thornton, was 33 and his mother, Frances Mary Starman, was 33. He had at least 1 daughter. He lived in Walworth Township, Becker, Minnesota, United States in 1930 and Home Lake Township, Norman, Minnesota, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 9 April 1997, in Michigan City, Coolspring Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens, Michigan City, Michigan Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States.

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 10

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.

Age 20

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.2 Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ ( see Skehan ).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ ( see Drennan ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Norman Thornton in household of Herman Thornton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Norman Thornton in household of Herman F Thornton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Norman E Thornton, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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