Merle William Howard

1912–1983 (Age 71)
Logan, Harrison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Merle William

When Merle William Howard was born on 14 January 1912, in Logan, Harrison, Iowa, United States, his father, William Samuel Howard, was 43 and his mother, Nina Ruth Dinsmore, was 36. He married Florence Faye Feldkamp on 13 August 1934, in Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Osceola, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Florida Township, Yellow Medicine, Minnesota, United States in 1940. He died on 13 September 1983, in Sibley, Osceola, Iowa, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Sibley, Osceola, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Merle William Howard
Florence Faye Feldkamp
Marriage: 13 August 1934
Sandra Sue Howard
Judith Joy Howard

Spouse & Children

13 August 1934
Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States


  • Male1935–1940Male

  • Female1936–2002Female

  • Judith Joy Howard


Parents & Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 1

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

Age 19

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Norman personal name Huard, Heward, composed of the Germanic elements hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.2 English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Hāward, composed of the Old Norse elements ‘high’ + varðr ‘guardian’, ‘warden’.3 English: variant of Ewart 2.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Merle William Howard in household of William Samuel Howard, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Merle Howard, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merle Howard in household of W S Howard, "United States Census, 1930"

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