Miriam Margaret Powell
b.17 Feb 1904 Steamburg, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States
d.30 Aug 1988 Centreville, Queen Anne's, Maryland, United States
m. 23 Mar 1920
Facts and Events
The only record I can find of Miriam's birth is a little red book that Aunt Helen has. It is a Farmer's Pocket Atlas compliments of Bradley Fertilizer Works, Buffalo, NY, presented by JA Lawrence, Agt. Conneautville, PA. The inside cover has a 1904 calendar. The first page is the record of Miriam's birth and continues through May 11 when she was taken to the doctor for a rash on her face. The book ends in OCT 1912 when Miriam goes to Erie to live with her mother.
1910 Federal Census, PA - Miriam was raised for the first 7 years by Frank and Lucy POTTER. The 1910 census spells the name "PATTER". He is 71 and she is 65. They have been married for 36 years, both born in PA. They live in the township of Conneaut, county of Crawford, PA. They both speak English and he is a farmer owning his land; they both can read and write. Miriam is spelled "Margorete" with parents born in PA. She is 6 at the time of the census.
According to documents in Helen Pearl TARRANT Atwill's possession, Miriam attended Linesville-Conneaut Summit Joint Schools in the 2nd grade. She attended Maury High School, in Norfolk, VA. Her marriage to Olie, while family tradition reports it as an elopement, it was followed by a ceremony in Norfolk, VA at the insistence of Iza. The ceremony took place 23 MAR 1920 at 7:30 PM at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Perry J. Looney of 32nd Street. The minister was Charles M. Watson. Helen possesses a wedding booklet that includes a newspaper clipping.
1930 census-Miriam M; 26; married at 16 born PA as are her parents
SS-5 dated 5 OCT 1937 shows Miriam Powell Tarrant, residence 2544 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC; employment at Globe Cleaners & Dyers at 923-925 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC; age 33; date of birth 17 FEB 1904; Steamberg, PA; father John POWELL; mother Iza Pearl VANKIRK. A second SS-5 signed 12 APR 1941 for name change shows Miriam Powell Baker was Miriam Powell Tarrant, residence 1332 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC; birth information is the same but father is listed as Jack POWELL and mother Iza VANKIRK.
Her marriage to Olie ended in divorce but her second marriage, 19 DEC 1938, to Thomas Jefferson BAKER was long and happy. This marriage took place in Fairfax, VA.
1941 Miriam worked for the Office of Government Reports.
1942 this became the Office of War Information.
1946 this became the US State Department as a Payroll Clerk. She retired from the Department of State 13 Jan 1966.
1979-there is a letter from her doctor, Melvin G. Alper, stating that Miriam is blind and qualifies for an exemption on her income tax since 1973.
1981 a notice of change in her monthly Civil Service Annunity shows the cost of her health benefits going up from $58.21 to $66.13 thus reducing her monthly annunity from $617.79 to $609.87
Her death certificate shows Arteriosclerosis-Cardio-vascular disease as her cause of death. She died at Corsica Hill Nursing Home in Centreville, MD and is buried at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA.
1988 - Social Security Death Index: Miriam P Baker; 577-18-8737; Queenstown, MD; born 17 Feb 1904; died 30 Aug 1988; ssn issued bef. 1951 District of Columbia