Maurice M. Altom

1916–1995 (Age 78)
Floral, Independence, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Maurice M.

When Maurice M. Altom was born on 6 July 1916, in Floral, Independence, Arkansas, United States, his father, Bernice Brown Altom, was 26 and his mother, Nola Agnes Mayhue, was 22. He married Merle Ralphine Hamer in Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma, United States. He lived in Jackson Township, White, Arkansas, United States in 1920 and Wolf, Seminole, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. He died on 8 February 1995, in Ardmore, Carter, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc, Oklahoma, United States.

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Maurice M. Altom
Merle Ralphine Hamer

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Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 1

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 21

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

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.

Sources (3)

  • Maurice Altom in household of Burnis B Altom, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Maurice Alton in household of Bernice Alton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Maurice Altom, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

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