Merkel Altom

–1994
Indiana, United States

The Life of Merkel

Merkel Altom was born in Indiana, United States. He died in May 1994, in his hometown.

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World Events (3)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1875 · A New Civil Rights Act

During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.

Name Meaning

Probably one of several variants of English Halton or Alton , but it could also be an altered form of English Altham, which is a habitational name from Altham in Whalley, Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘river meadow (hamm) of the swans (elfitu)’.

Possible Related Names

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

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