Sherman Bonner

24 October 1866–31 January 1946 (Age 79)
Casnovia, Muskegon, Michigan, United States

The Life of Sherman

When Sherman Bonner was born on 24 October 1866, in Casnovia, Muskegon, Michigan, United States, his father, Mortimer J Bonner, was 25 and his mother, Josephine A. Russell, was 20. He married Viola Eva Vaughan on 18 February 1891. He lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 31 January 1946, in Alma, Gratiot, Michigan, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Casnovia, Muskegon, Michigan, United States.

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Sherman Bonner
Viola Eva Vaughan
Marriage: 18 February 1891

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18 February 1891
Casnovia, Muskegon, Michigan

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World Events (8)

1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.

Age 1

This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 13

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 21

The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit "water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream." H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, "TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII".

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: nickname from Middle English boner(e), bonour ‘gentle’, ‘courteous’, ‘handsome’ (Old French bonnaire, from the phrase de bon(ne) aire ‘of good bearing or appearance’, from which also comes modern English debonair).2 Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Ynyr ‘son of Ynyr’, a common medieval personal name derived from Latin Honorius.3 Swedish: unexplained.

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

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  • Sherman Bonner in household of Elsie Haines, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sherman Bonner in household of Elsie Haines, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sherman M Bonner, "United States Census, 1930"

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