Melvin Anderson Vassar

14 October 1902–20 August 1974 (Age 71)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Melvin Anderson

When Melvin Anderson Vassar was born on 14 October 1902, in Oklahoma, United States, his father, James Tolbert Vassar, was 28 and his mother, Jettie Elizabeth Kennedy, was 19. He had at least 1 son with Vira Mitchell. He lived in Haskell, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Judicial Township 1, Inyo, California, United States in 1940. He died on 20 August 1974, at the age of 71, and was buried in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States.

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Melvin Anderson Vassar
Vira Mitchell
Albert Lee Vassar

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World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

Age 5

Oklahoma is the 46th state.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 19

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

Altered form of French Vasseur, a status name for a vassal in feudal society, from Old French vasseor, vasseur ‘vassal’. Compare French Levasseur .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Melvin Bassar, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Melvin Vasser in household of James Vasser, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Melvin Vassar, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

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