Melvin Marion Mel Knapp

Male17 April 1927–15 June 1975

Brief Life History of Melvin Marion Mel

When Melvin Marion Mel Knapp was born on 17 April 1927, in Libby, Lincoln, Montana, United States, his father, Albert Earl Knapp, was 41 and his mother, Mary Phoebe McMullin, was 22. He married Velma Loosli on 1 November 1955, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in School District 2, Sanders, Montana, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1945. He died on 15 June 1975, in Skagway, Municipality and Borough of Skagway, Alaska, United States, at the age of 48.

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Melvin Marion Mel Knapp
Velma Loosli
Marriage: 1 November 1955
Mary Lou Knapp

Sources (9)

  • Melvin Knopp in household of A E Knopp, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Melvin Marion Knapp, "Idaho Marriage Index, 1947-1961"
  • Melvin Marian Knapp, "Montana, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 November 1955Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

    Age 2

    Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.


    Age 14

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    German: occupational or status name from the German word Knapp(e), a variant of Knabe ‘young unmarried man’. In the 15th century this spelling acquired the separate, specialized meanings ‘servant, apprentice’, and ‘miner’. This surname is also found elsewhere in central Europe, e.g. in Czechia and Slovakia, where it is more commonly spelled Knap (compare 3 below).

    German: in Franconia, a nickname for a dexterous or skillful person, of the same ultimate origin as 1 above.

    Germanized or Americanized form of Polish, Czech, Slovak, Rusyn, and Slovenian Knap , a surname of ultimately German origin (see 1 above).

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

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