John Melvin Root

6 November 1892–4 January 1973 (Age 80)
Gypsum, Saline, Kansas, United States

The Life Summary of John Melvin

When John Melvin Root was born on 6 November 1892, in Gypsum, Saline, Kansas, United States, his father, Myron Melvin Root, was 43 and his mother, Catherine Elizabeth Stiefel, was 32. He married Winifred Lucille Devereaux on 25 August 1920, in Snohomish, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Everett, Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1930 and Pacific Election Precinct, Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 4 January 1973, in Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in East Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, United States.

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John Melvin Root
Winifred Lucille Devereaux
Marriage: 25 August 1920
Robert Root
Miriam Root
Joanne Winifred Root

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  • Marriage
    25 August 1920Snohomish, Washington, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 4
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1897 · Seattle Grows Quickly
    Age 5
    The Klondike gold rush started in 1896 in Canada, but by 1897 as miners started moving and following the gold it caused for Seattle to rapidly grow as more miners joined the search for gold.
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 24
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    English: perhaps a nickname for a cheerful person, from an unrecorded Middle English rote (Old English rōt) ‘glad, cheerful’.English: from Middle English rote, route, rotte ‘rote’ (of uncertain origin but apparently ultimately akin to Welsh crwth), perhaps used for a player of the medieval stringed instrument, a kind of harp or fiddle. Compare Rutter .English: perhaps a habitational name from Wroot (Lincolnshire), from Old English wrōt ‘snout, spur of land’.

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

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    Sources (19)

    • John M Root, "United States Census, 1930"
    • John M Root in entry for Leonard Clarke Root and Edith Victoria Biddulph, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
    • John Melvin Root, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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