Merrill Thayne Peterson

19 September 1928–16 May 2006 (Age 77)
Grace, Bannock, Idaho, United States

The Life of Merrill Thayne

When Merrill Thayne Peterson was born on 19 September 1928, in Grace, Bannock, Idaho, United States, his father, Carl Enoch Peterson, was 38 and his mother, Christina Lovenia Erickson, was 34. He married JoAnne Kannes on 17 October 1952, in Monterey, California, United States. He lived in Grace Election Precinct, Bannock, Idaho, United States in 1940 and United States in 2006. He registered for military service in 1946. He died on 16 May 2006, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Merrill Thayne Peterson
JoAnne Kannes
Marriage: 17 October 1952

Spouse and Children

17 October 1952
Monterey, California, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1931 · The Hogle Zoo

Age 3

Being supported through Salt Lake City taxes, Hogle Zoo has been at its present location at the mouth of Emigration Canyon since 1931 on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hogle. In 1936, the zoo purchased Princess Alice, an elephant, from a traveling circus. She gave birth to the first elephant born in Utah. His name was Prince Utah and he died at eleven months old. Current exhibits include various birds, mammals, and reptiles from around the world.
1949 · NATO is Established

Age 21

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The agreement of the alliance is to help defend each other if attacked by an external country. The last country to enter was Montenegro in 2017.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter .2 Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen , or Swedish Pettersson).3 In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil ; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merrill Thayne Peterson in household of Lovinia Christina Ericksen Peterson, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Merrill T Peterson in household of Lovenia Peterson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merrill Petersen in household of Enock Petersen, "United States Census, 1930"

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