Dorothy Hawthorne Day

Brief Life History of Dorothy Hawthorne

When Dorothy Hawthorne Day was born on 12 February 1919, in Hespeler, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, her father, Asa Wilber Day, was 37 and her mother, Myrta Matilda Weaver, was 34. She married John Winter Russell on 31 May 1941. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died in 1986, in Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores, Bruce, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 67.

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John Winter Russell
Dorothy Hawthorne Day
Marriage: 31 May 1941
John D Russell
Christopher W Russell

Sources (2)

  • Dorothy H Russell, "United States Census, 1950"
  • Dorothy Hawthorne Russell, "New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956"

World Events (8)


The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

1934 · Dionne Quintuplets Born

Born on May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The five girls were born two months prematuare and months later were taken from their parents by the Red Cross. In the 1940s they were returned to their family.

1937 · The Neutrality Act

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 Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.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

English: occupational name from Middle English day(e), dey(e) ‘dairyman or dairymaid’. Originally used only of women, it was later used of men with the sense ‘man in charge of the dairy cattle’. This is probably the most common source of the surname.

English: from the Middle English personal name Day(e) or Dey. In western England this is probably a pet form of David , but in northern England and perhaps elsewhere also it is a late Middle English variant of Daw, a pet form of Ralph (see Daw , Dakin ).

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh (see O'Dea ).

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

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