Earl Somerville

5 April 1894–March 1983 (Age 88)
Greenleaf Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States

The Life of Earl

When Earl Somerville was born on 5 April 1894, in Greenleaf Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States, his father, John Somerville, was 70 and his mother, Nellie May Wright, was 24. He married June Crystal Teerpenning on 15 July 1914, in Barry, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Orangeville, Barry, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Prairieville, Barry, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died in March 1983, in Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, at the age of 88.

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Earl Somerville
June Crystal Teerpenning
Marriage: 15 July 1914
Marshall John Somerville

Spouse and Children

15 July 1914
Barry, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    John Somerville


    Nellie May Wright




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 9

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 24

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name, probably from Graveron Sémerville in Nord, named with the Germanic personal name Sigimar ( see Siemer ) + Old French ville ‘settlement’.2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Somacháin ( see Summers ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Earl E Somerville, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Earle Summerville, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Earl E Somerville in household of William A Babcock, "United States Census, 1910"

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