Friday, September 23, 2016

Donald Merkle (1933-2016) Warren High School Class of 1952

 Source:  Warren Times Observer

1952 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Merkle Donald E Box 13 Russell
  • Merkle Livingston H (Azuba H) linemn Penelec h108 Alexander
  • Merkle Patricia emp Jamesway r Box 31 Russell (also listed in county section)
1983 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Merkle Donald E Box 31 Russell
  • [county section} Merkle Patricia L Box 31 Russell

The popularity of 'Donald' as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at (daughter-in-law) Rhonda.

'Rhonda' experienced a big boost in popularity when this actress, born Marilyn Louis, started making a name for herself in Hollywood.  She enjoyed her best years in the 1950s and 60s, peaking at #37 in 1965, the year the Beach Boys scored a #1 hit with this song.

"Help Me Rhonda" made its debut at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 17, 1965.  It spent two weeks at the top and a total of 14 weeks on the chart.

Other class of '52 grads:
Minnie Bonavita Miller.  (6/10/2016)
Myra Wilson Babcock.  (5/19/2016)
Norma Pierce Nielsen.  (4/6/2016)
Santo 'Sam' Pascuzzi.  (2/14/2016)
Glenn Culbertson.  (10/23/2015)
Elizabeth Eggleston Hoffman.  (10/17/2014)

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