Rexford Clarence Melena

1 April 1925–8 September 2015 (Age 90)
Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, United States

The Life of Rexford Clarence

When Rexford Clarence Melena was born on 1 April 1925, in Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, United States, his father, William Edward Melena, was 34 and his mother, Vivian Pearl Heninger, was 32. He lived in Daniels, Montana, United States in 1935 and School District 9 Opheim, Valley, Montana, United States in 1940. He died on 8 September 2015, in Shelton, Mason, Washington, United States, at the age of 90.

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Family Time Line

William Edward Melena
Vivian Pearl Heninger
Melvin Mearl Melena
Leonard Carl Melena
Gerald E. Melena
Rexford Clarence Melena

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1933 · Fort Peck Dam Construction Begins

Age 8

Construction on the Fort Peck Dam started in 1933. It is the highest of six major dams along the Missouri River. It is located in the northeastern part of Montana near Glasgow and Fort Peck.
1949 · NATO is Established

Age 24

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The agreement of the alliance is to help defend each other if attacked by an external country. The last country to enter was Montenegro in 2017.

Name Meaning

Spanish and Portuguese: probably a nickname from melena, a term denoting a piece of leather placed on the horns of an ox so that the yoke would not harm them, possibly applied to someone in charge of an ox as a draft animal. By extension, melena came to mean ‘mane’ and ‘long hair’, probably applied to someone with long or untidy hair.

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

Sources (3)

  • Clarence Melena in household of Emil Skoglund, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Rexford Clarence Melena, "Montana, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"
  • Rexford Clarence Melina, "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004"

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