Merl Leroy Hastings

Brief Life History of Merl Leroy

When Merl Leroy Hastings was born on 6 October 1927, in Montrose, Colorado, United States, his father, Joseph Leroy Hastings, was 29 and his mother, Theodocia Larrick, was 38. He married Frances D. Disney on 6 June 1952, in Hoboken, Hudson, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Election Precinct 4, Montrose, Colorado, United States in 1940 and Colorado, United States in 1979. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 20 July 1986, in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States.

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Merl Leroy Hastings
Frances D. Disney
Marriage: 6 June 1952
Merl LeRoy Hastings

Sources (23)

  • Merl L Hastings in household of Lowell L Hastings, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Merl Leroy Hastings, "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005"
  • Merl Le Roy Hastings, "Colorado, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

1929 · Denver Airport opens

On Oct 17 1929, Denver Municipal Airport opens. Later, in 1964, it would be renamed Stapleton International Airport. It would be replaced by Denver International Airport, 31 years later.

1944 · The G.I Bill

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

English and Scottish: habitational name from Hastings (Sussex), near which the English army was defeated by the Normans in 1066. The placename derives from an Old English personal name Hǣsta + the Old English groupname suffix -ingas. In the latter part of the 12th century, at the time of William the Lion, the surname was taken to Scotland, where it assimilated instances of the native Scottish surname Harestane.

English: variant of Hasting with Middle English genitival -s.

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistín ‘descendant of Oistín’, the Gaelic form of the personal name Augustine (see Austin ).

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

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