Melvin French

1882–1968 (Age 86)
Ione, Amador, California, United States

The Life of Melvin

When Melvin French was born on 2 March 1882, in Ione, Amador, California, United States, his father, Martin Van Buren French, was 40 and his mother, California " Cally" McCain, was 32. He married Josephine Adele Marks on 14 April 1903. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Chico, Butte, California, United States in 1920 and Oroville Judicial Township, Butte, California, United States in 1940. He died on 22 February 1968, in Oroville, Butte, California, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Mount Olive Memorial Park, Commerce, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Melvin French
Josephine Adele Marks
Marriage: 14 April 1903
Melvin Edward French

Spouse & Children

14 April 1903


  • Melvin Edward French


Parents & Siblings



  • Male1866–1924Male

  • Charles Lee French


  • Edward French


  • Henry Van Buren French


  • Male1882–1968Male

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 9

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 24

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:1. ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. 2. variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Melvin French in household of Callie French, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Melvin French, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Melvin French, "United States Census, 1930"

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