Don Merlin Wright

19 August 1905–7 August 1980 (Age 74)
Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa, United States

The Life of Don Merlin

When Don Merlin Wright was born on 19 August 1905, in Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa, United States, his father, Arthur Allen Wright, was 25 and his mother, Ada Belle Dye, was 21. He lived in Appanoose, Appanoose, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 7 August 1980, in Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Moulton, Appanoose, Iowa, United States.

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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 8

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 21

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and northern Irish: occupational name for a maker of machinery, mostly in wood, of any of a wide range of kinds, from Old English wyrhta, wryhta ‘craftsman’ (a derivative of wyrcan ‘to work or make’). The term is found in various combinations (for example, Cartwright and Wainwright ), but when used in isolation it generally referred to a builder of windmills or watermills.2 Common New England Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, a man of probity, from Old French droit ‘right’, in which there has been confusion between the homophones right and wright.

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

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  • Don Wright in household of Arthur Wright, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Don M Wright in household of Arthur A Wright, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Don Wright in entry for Mrs Doris Kathryn Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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