Merlin Bobst

2 May 1921–25 November 1996 (Age 75)
Alexander, Franklin, Iowa, United States

The Life of Merlin

When Merlin Bobst was born on 2 May 1921, in Alexander, Franklin, Iowa, United States, his father, Clifford Henry Bobst, was 27 and his mother, Mae Grace Iehl, was 22. He lived in Rural, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Election District 3, Park, Wyoming, United States in 1940. He died on 25 November 1996, in Clarion, Wright, Iowa, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove, Wright, Iowa, United States.

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Clifford Henry Bobst
Mae Grace Iehl
Merlin Bobst
Willma Maxine Bobst

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    Willma Maxine Bobst


World Events (8)

1922 · Oldest radio station west of the Mississippi

Age 1

The Karlowa Radio Corporation, in Davenport, was issued a new license for broadcasting and with it they were randomly assigned call letters of WOC. The small studio was the first to reach the Iowa area and was identified as one of 21 stations that were desirable because of coverage area and performance. In September 1927, WOC became a member of the new NBC radio network and still is today. In 1932, Ronald Reagan got his first broadcasting job at WOC as a sportscaster and he returned in 1988 after his presidency tour. WOC is the oldest surviving broadcasting station in the middle Mississippi Valley and was the first to keep logs on their electrical consumption and their on-air programming.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Age 20

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

German: probably a variant of Pabst .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Merlin C Bobst in household of Clifford Bobst, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Merlin Bobst in household of Clifford Bobst, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merlin C Bobst in household of Clifford H Bobst, "United States Census, 1930"

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