Merl Irvin Lawson

Born: Dec 26, 1874
Loc: PA
Died: May 17, 1949
Loc. Corry, Erie Co, PA
Bur: East Clymer Cemetery, Clymer, NY
Father: George N. Lawson
Mother: Adaline Darling
Spouse: Edith
Children: George/Vida/Merl Watson/May
World War I Draft Registration Cards:
Name: Merl Irvin Lawson
City: Corry, Erie Co. PA
County: Erie
State: Pennsylvania
Birth Date: 26 Dec 1874
1880 Census: Columbus Twp. Warren Co. PA
1910 Census: Spring Creek, Warren Co. PA
1920 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
1930 Census: Corry, Erie Co. PA
Will Have Shower For Fire Victims
Monday evening at the United Brethren Church a miscellaneous Shower will be held for Mr. and Mrs. Merle Lawson, who lost practically all of their belongings in the recent fire that destroyed the Gray property on North Center street. The shower will be held during both afternoon and evening and all who can share articles of clothing, cooking utensils, bedding, pieces of furniture or gifts of money are invited to participate in this worthy event. Gifts of any kind which could be of service will be greatly appreciated by those friends who are arranging the event.
Corry Newspaper - Oct. 21, 1916

Lawsons Celebrate 45th Anniversary Today
Mr. and Mrs. Merl Lawson of 640 East Main street are today quietly celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson were married February 4, 1902 at the parsonage of Rev. Parker of the Baptist Church at Clymer and have made their home in Corry for the past 31 years. They have resided at their present address for 29 years. They have four children: George Lawson of Norristown, Mrs. Elmer Bently of Erie, Merl Lawson Jr. of R.D. #1 Albion; ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Lawson has two children by a former marriage, James Harmon of Conneaut, O., and Major Gladys Harmon of the Salvation Army at Atlanta, Ga. There has not been a special party planned to celebrate the anniversary as Mrs. Lawson has been ill recently.
Corry Newspaper - Feb. 4, 1947

Corryite's Body Found In Home
Merl I. Lawson Succumbs To Heart Attack - Believed to Have Been Dead Three Days
Dead for at least three days, the body of Merl I. Lawson of 640 East Main street was found in the residence at 9 o'clock last night, after relatives had been unable to locate him and notified city police.
Officers upon entering the dwelling found the deceased's body slumped on the davenport. Deputy Coroner Charles P. Keating investigated and issued a certificate of death due to natural causes. Mr. Lawson had been in ill health for several months. Born December 26, 1874 at Sample Flats, he had lived his entire life in Corry and the vicinity. Since the death of his wife, Edith, on April 9, 1947, he had lived alone. He is survived by three daughters; Miss Gladys Harmon, Washington D.C.; Mrs. Vida Bently, Erie; Mrs. May Jordan, Albion; three sons; James Harmon, Conneaut, O.; George Lawson, Norristown; and Merl W. Lawson of Albion; four brothers; Charles and Milo of Celeron, Thad of Warren and Grant of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs. William Dyckes of Corry, Mrs. Harry Johnson, Findley Lake, and Mrs. Lois Donnell of Erie, and a number of grandchildren. The body is at the Davison Funeral Home where friends may call and attend the service at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will follow in the Clymer Cemetery.
Corry Newspaper - May 21, 1950

Services Yesterday for Merl I. Lawson
The funeral service in memory of Merl I. Lawson was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Davison Funeral Home with Adj. William North of the Salvation Army at Indiana, Pa., formerly of this city officiating. Adj. North was assisted by Lieut. Shirley Brown of the local Salvation Army. During the service Adj. North sang " The Eastern Gate." Bearers were the following sons and a son in law. George Lawson, Merl Lawson, James Harmon and Marcius Jordan. Interment was made in the family lot at Clymer Cemetery. Those attending from away were Miss Gladys Harmon of Washington D.C.; George Lawson of Norristown; Mrs. Vida Bently of Erie, Mr. and Mrs. William McCafferty and Mr. and Mrs. John Donnell of Erie; Mr. and Mrs. Merl W. Lawson and Mr. and Mrs. Marcius Jordan of Albion; Mr. and Mrs. James Harmon and family and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Watson of Conneaut, O.; Mrs. Harry Johnson of Findley Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lawson and Mr. and Mrs. Milo Lawson of Celeron; Mrs. Thad Lawson of Warren; Grant Lawson of Elmira; Mrs. Jennie Lawson of Buffalo; Mrs. George Burlingame of Bear Lake; and Adj William North of Indiana.
Corry Newspaper - May 24, 1949

East Clymer Cemetery Transcription:
Merle I. 12/26/1874 d 5/17/1949 "Always Faithful"