Clark Kerr

Male17 May 1911–1 December 2003

Brief Life History of Clark

When Clark Kerr was born on 17 May 1911, in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel W. Kerr, was 44 and his mother, Caroline A. Clark, was 42. He lived in Palo Alto Judicial Township, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1940 and El Cerrito, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1950. He died on 1 December 2003, at the age of 92.

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Clark Kerr
Catherine Mary Spaulding

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  • Clark Kerr, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Clark Kerr, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Clark Kerr, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 23

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 24

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or swampy woodland, Middle English kerr ‘brushwood, wet ground’ (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed, left-handed’.

Irish: variant of Carr .

Americanized form of German Kehr or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

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

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