Dorothy Herman

9 June 1925–25 May 1996 (Age 71)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Dorothy

When Dorothy Herman was born on 9 June 1925, her father, Lawrence John Herman, was 35 and her mother, Maud D Smith, was 35. She married Charles Merkel on 4 June 1949. She lived in Maxatawny, Maxatawny Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930 and Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. She died on 25 May 1996, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Zionsville, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Charles Merkel
Dorothy Herman
Marriage: 4 June 1949

Spouse and Children

4 June 1949

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 4

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.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 19

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

1 English, French, Dutch, Slovenian, Croatian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + man ‘man’. As a Jewish surname this is no doubt an adoption of the German surname Hermann .2 Respelling of the German cognate Hermann .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dorothy M Herman in household of Lawrence Herman, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dorothy Herman in household of Laurence Herman, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Dorothy Merkel in entry for Lawrence Herman Sr, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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