Merle Allen Harrington was born on June 10, 1894 in Cherry Creek, New York, the second son of William Daniel Harrington and Emma Gertrude Wheeler. He was living with his parents and older brother in Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York at the time of the 1900 census, taken June 30, 1900. Later, they moved to Ellery, New York. Merle, along with his parents and brother Gerald, were baptized on April 14, 1910 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Sinclairville, New York. Merle, his parents, younger brother, a servant, and a great uncle were living in Ellery, New York at the time of the 1910 census, taken May 2, 1910.
Merle married Alice Marian Washburg, daughter of John Elmer Washburg and Petronella Anderson, on July 25, 1914 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Sinclairville, New York. They lived on Pickard Hill until around 1920, when they moved to Jamestown. Merle, Alice, and two daughters were living on Newland Avenue in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York in 1920. Merle worked as a truck driver for a company in Jamestown. Merle, Alice, and their four children moved to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio sometime between 1923 and 1930. They lived on 2138 West 61st Street in Cleveland in the 1930 census. Merle worked as a truck driver for a Coal Company. Sometime in the early 1930s, the family returned to Chautauqua County. Later, Merle worked for Scalise Brothers Construction Company and the Higgins Contruction Company of Buffalo. Merle was a member of Operating Engineers 17 of Buffalo and of the Laborers Union, Local 600 of Jamestown. Merle died on May 30, 1978 in the Lawson Care Center on the Ecumenical Campus in Jamestown, New York. The funeral occured on June 2, 1978 at the Levant Wesleyan Chruch, where the Reverend Fred Moore officiated. He was buried at Levant Cemetery.
- 1900 United States Federal Census, Randolph, Cattaraugus County, New York.
- 1910 United States Federal Census, Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York.
- 1920 United States Federal Census, Jamestown, Cattaraugus County, New York.
- 1930 United States Federal Census, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
- World War I Registration card
- Social Security Death Index
- Baptism records, Methodist Episcopal Church of Sinclairville, New York
- Marriage records, Methodist Episcopal Church of Sinclairville, New York
- Buffalo Morning Express, July 31, 1914 (Marriage Notice)