Polk Laffoon, III

1919–2011 (Age 92)
Fort Mitchell, Kenton, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Polk

When Polk Laffoon, III was born on 26 February 1919, in Fort Mitchell, Kenton, Kentucky, United States, his father, James K. Polk Laffoon Jr., was 42 and his mother, Emily Brent Woodall, was 31. He lived in Crescent Springs, Kenton, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and Magisterial District 7, Kenton, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 6 August 2011, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Fort Mitchell, Kenton, Kentucky, United States.

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Polk Laffoon, III
Emily Powell Allen

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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 7

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 25

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Southern French (possibly Huguenot): topographic name for someone living near a spring or well; an Americanized form of a southern French pronunciation of Lafont .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Polk Taffoon in household of Polk Taffoon, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Polk L Laffoon in household of Polk Laffoon, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Polk Laffoon Jr. in household of Polk Laffoon, "United States Census, 1920"

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