Cleo Bonnie Staker

29 March 1913–11 December 2010 (Age 97)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States

The Life of Cleo Bonnie

When Cleo Bonnie Staker was born on 29 March 1913, in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States, her father, John Frederick Staker, was 23 and her mother, Hannah Cloe Carlston, was 24. She married Monte R. Merz on 8 August 1931, in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Logan Election Precinct, Cache, Utah, United States in 1940. She died on 11 December 2010, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Monte R. Merz
Cleo Bonnie Staker
Marriage: 8 August 1931
Sheral Monte Merz
Freddie Ann Merz

Spouse and Children

8 August 1931
Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States


    Sheral Monte Merz


    Freddie Ann Merz


Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 3

The No-Ni-Shee Arch was a temporary archway near the intersection of Main Street and South Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. The archway was built in 1916 for the Wizard of the Wasatch festival. The name No-Ni-Shee was derived from a mythical American Indian Salt Princess. Her tears caused the Great Salt Lake to be salty. The arch was dedicated to her and sprayed with salt water so that salt eventually crystallized on Main Street. The Wizard’s carnivals enlivened Utah’s summers for several years. The last Wizard of the Wasatch carnival was held in 1916, on the eve of World War I.
1939 · Mt. Pleasant's favorite summer get away

Age 26

The original Mt. Pleasant City Swimming Pool facility was built in 1942 and served the community and surrounding areas for 38 years. In June 1978, the swimming pool utility building was severely damaged when an early morning fire ravaged the roof, office, locker rooms, chlorinator, filters and other equipment. Arson was suspected as the cause of the fire and an investigation was launched. In June 1980, the pool re-opened and that swimming season got underway, but it would be the last year that the pool would be opened. It was officially closed by the city council, labeling it as too dilapidated to fix because of the poor conditions of the facilities. 

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who made and drove in stakes, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a boundary post for example, from a derivative of Middle English stake ‘post’, ‘stake’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Cleo Merz in household of Monte Merz, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Cleo Staker in household of James Staker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Cleo Staker in household of Fred Staker, "United States Census, 1920"

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