Myrtle Palmer

7 December 1891–26 January 1967 (Age 75)
Carroll, Iowa, United States

The Life of Myrtle

When Myrtle Palmer was born on 7 December 1891, in Carroll, Iowa, United States, her father, Charles Danford Palmer, was 28 and her mother, Susan Scroggin, was 25. She married Oscar Melvin Burley on 26 April 1918, in Nobles, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Hartley, O'Brien, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 26 January 1967, at the age of 75.

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Oscar Melvin Burley
Myrtle Palmer
Marriage: 26 April 1918
Gaylord Burdette Burley

Spouse and Children

26 April 1918
Nobles, Minnesota, United States


    Gaylord Burdette Burley


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 7

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 21

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English, Old French palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey, but there was a vigorous trade in false souvenirs, and the term also came to be applied to a cleric who sold indulgences.2 Swedish (Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér, from Latin -erius ‘descendant of’.3 Irish: when not truly of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair ( see Milford ) perhaps because they were from an ecclesiastical family.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mertle Burley in household of E W Tennant, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Mertle Burley in household of Oscar Burley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Myrtle Palmer in household of Chas Palmer, "United States Census, 1900"

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