Emmett Donald Peterson

9 December 1927–31 May 2011 (Age 83)
Michigan, United States

The Life of Emmett Donald

When Emmett Donald Peterson was born on 9 December 1927, in Michigan, United States, his father, Kenneth Theodore Peterson Sr, was 24 and his mother, Octavia Mildred Russell, was 19. He lived in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States for about 5 years and Utica, Utica, Macomb, Michigan Territory, United States in 1940. He died on 31 May 2011, in Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 83.

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Kenneth Theodore Peterson Sr
Octavia Mildred Russell
Emmett Donald Peterson
Arden Christine Peterson

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World Events (8)

1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 1

The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, ""He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them.

Age 2

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.
1949 · NATO is Established

Age 22

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The agreement of the alliance is to help defend each other if attacked by an external country. The last country to enter was Montenegro in 2017.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter .2 Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen , or Swedish Pettersson).3 In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil ; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Emmett D Peterson in household of Kenneth Peterson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Emmett D Peterson in household of Kenneth Peterson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Emmett D Peterson, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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