Merle Edward Clark

14 April 1897–11 October 1983 (Age 86)
South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Merle Edward

When Merle Edward Clark was born on 14 April 1897, in South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan, United States, his father, William Edward Clark, was 24 and his mother, Gertrude Grace Thomas, was 22. He married Marion Catherine Bott on 10 June 1918, in Mason, Ingham, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Detroit Ward 22, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940 and Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1950. He died on 11 October 1983, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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Merle Edward Clark
Marion Catherine Bott
Marriage: 10 June 1918
Richard Merle Clark

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 June 1918Mason, Ingham, Michigan, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 1
    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.
    1904 · Belle Isle Aquarium
    Age 7
    The Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit. It opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers
    Age 23
    The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English clerk, clark ‘clerk, cleric, writer’ (Old French clerc; see Clerc ). The original sense was ‘man in a religious order, cleric, clergyman’. As all writing and secretarial work in medieval Christian Europe was normally done by members of the clergy, the term clerk came to mean ‘scholar, secretary, recorder, or penman’ as well as ‘cleric’. As a surname, it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor holy orders. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established.Irish (Westmeath, Mayo): in Ireland the English surname was frequently adopted, partly by translation for Ó Cléirigh; see Cleary .Americanized form of Dutch De Klerk or Flemish De Clerck or of variants of these names, and possibly also of French Clerc . Compare Clerk 2 and De Clark .

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

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    Sources (13)

    • Mearle E. Clark, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
    • Merle Clark, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Merle Edward Clark, "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925"

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