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Merle Duston

Male 1892 - 1978  (86 years)


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  • Name Merle Duston 
    Born 28 Apr 1892  Halsted, , Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Aug 1978  Garden Grove, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2508  Schuerman-Wood-Worden
    Last Modified 13 Mar 2015 

    Father Rev. William F. Schuerman,   b. 9 Aug 1859, Sextonville, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1932, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Lillian J. Wood,   b. 31 Jan 1863, Carimona, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1951, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1885  Richland Center, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Photos
    Lester, Lawrence, and Merle with Lillian, 1951
    Lester, Lawrence, and Merle with Lillian, 1951
    At the reunion of Merle Duston with his Schuerman family
    Lillian Wood Schuerman and her daughters, Nell and Gladys 1944
    Lillian Wood Schuerman and her daughters, Nell and Gladys 1944
    Schuerman families
    Schuerman families
    Jim Boyles family, Gladys Schuerman, Wm. & Lillian Schuerman, Wilbur Schaffer family, about 1928
    The Schuerman (Duston) siblings, 1951
    The Schuerman (Duston) siblings, 1951
    Back row: Lester, Lawrence, Merle; front row: Nell, Lillian, Gladys
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Flo Marie Renshaw,   b. 22 Aug 1898 
    Married 1912  Estes Park, Larimer, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Eldon Duston,   b. 5 Jun 1914, Estes Park, Larimer, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1999, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 21:59:30 
    Family ID F5801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rose Wisa,   b. 29 Aug 1894, Posen, Presque Isle, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1961  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1917  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Merle Lawrence Duston,   b. 2 Jan 1918, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1985, Garden Grove, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     2. Ralph Lester Duston,   b. 23 Oct 1920, Milford, Oakland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 2001, Riverside, Riverside Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Genivieve Duston,   b. 27 Dec 1923,   d. 28 Oct 1996, Westland, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. Donald Lloyd Duston,   b. 1 Feb 1926, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 2000, Peru, La Salle, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Gladys Duston,   b. 26 Apr 1928, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1992  (Age 64 years)
     6. Eugene William Duston,   b. 10 Oct 1932, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 2015, Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 21:59:30 
    Family ID F5802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1892 - Halsted, , Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1912 - Estes Park, Larimer, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Sep 1917 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Aug 1978 - Garden Grove, Orange, California Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Merle (Schuerman) Duston with his sons Larry and Ralph, 1923
    Merle (Schuerman) Duston with his sons Larry and Ralph, 1923
    Merle Schuerman at 17
    Merle Schuerman at 17

    Documents
    Merle World War II draft card
    Merle World War II draft card
    Merle WW I draft card
    Merle WW I draft card

  • Notes 
    • 1928 in city directory of Detroit with Rose, manager United Radio Service. 5773 Wayburne Ave.
      1955 in city directory of Mobile, Alabama, with Rose, electrician at A.F.B. 806 Kirby.

      In his late teens, Merle (Schuerman) Duston left home not telling his family where he was going. He wound up in Detroit where he became an expert in the new field of radio. He wrote several books popularizing radio and encouraging people to build their own sets. These included Radio Theory Simplified in two editions, the first in 1924, Duston's A.C. Radio Manual, 1928, and Radio Construction for the Amateur. The books occasionally come up for sale on online used book sites. Radio Theory Simplified is found in many local libraries. He also wrote a novel, The Wind in Our Hands, 1966. His work is featured on websites on ancient radios, including
      http://www.radiomuseum.org/dsp_hersteller_detail.cfm?company_id=10750
      and http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=124860.

      In the late 1940s or early 1950s, his son Eldon Duston's wife, Elva, became curious about her husband's origins. Her father-in-law's background was a mystery. Eldon and Elva lived in Colorado Springs and when they traveled Elva would look up Dustons in the local phone directory. On a trip to Denver she called several Dustons in the phone directory. By chance, Merle's neice, Wilma Shaffer (Nell's daughter) had married a Duston and Elva called their number. At first, she got somebody at the number (perhaps Wilma's husband) who did not know what Elva was talking about. Apparently, Elva did not check that number off her list and called back, this time reaching Wilma. Wilma recalled hearing about the long lost brother from her family (perhaps she knew his name) and made the connection. In this way, Merle was reunited with his family. I remember as a young teenager witnessing (perhaps I only heard about it from my father) the joyful and tearful reunion of Merle with his mother and siblings in Denver. Since his mother, Lillian, died in August 1951 all of this must have happened before that.

  • Sources 
    1. [S153] Marriage Certificate from Richland County Recorder of Deeds.