Ernest Oram Kerr

26 August 1914–28 May 1985 (Age 70)
Forfar, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Ernest Oram

When Ernest Oram Kerr was born on 26 August 1914, in Forfar, Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Ernest John McDonald Kerr, was 47 and his mother, Mary Jane Oram, was 28. He had at least 1 daughter with Bernice Catherine Eleanora Depaoli. He immigrated to Quebec, Hardin, Iowa, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 28 May 1985, in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States.

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Ernest Oram Kerr
Bernice Catherine Eleanora Depaoli
Eleanor Joan Kerr

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    Bernice Catherine Eleanora Depaoli




    Eleanor Joan Kerr


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    Ernest John McDonald Kerr





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.
1916 · No-Ni-Shee Arch

Age 2

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.
1933 · Lone Cedar Tree Monument

Age 19

The Lone Cedar Tree is a historical monument located near downtown Salt Lake City and was the location of the only tree growing in the valley in 1847, when early pioneers arrived in the valley. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers erected the monument to honor the Mormon heritage and history of Salt Lake City.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wronghanded’, ‘left-handed’.2 Irish: see Carr .3 This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr .

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

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  • Ernest Oram Kerr, "Montana Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923-1956"
  • Ernest Oram Kerr, "Montana Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923-1956"
  • Ernest Oram Kerr, "Nevada, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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