Merl Williams

28 August 1914–19 November 2008 (Age 94)
Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of Merl

When Merl Williams was born on 28 August 1914, in Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, her father, Leo Lawrence Williams, was 28 and her mother, Louisa Elinor Miller, was 30. She married Kenneth Wayne Craig on 27 February 1937, in Weber, Utah, United States. She lived in Burch Creek, Weber, Utah, United States in 1930 and Ogden City Legislative District 3, Ogden City Election Precinct, Weber, Utah, United States in 1940. In 1940, at the age of 26, her occupation is listed as registered nurse, hospital in Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 19 November 2008, in Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 94.

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Kenneth Wayne Craig
Merl Williams
Marriage: 27 February 1937

Spouse and Children

27 February 1937
Weber, Utah, United States

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 20

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Age 27

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English (also very common in Wales): patronymic from William .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merl Williams in household of Leo L Williams, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Merl Williams in household of Leo L Williams, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Merl Craig in household of Kenneth W Craig, "United States Census, 1940"

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