Melvin O. Gardner

29 January 1916–17 August 2007 (Age 91)
Van Wert, Van Wert, Ohio, United States

The Life of Melvin O.

When Melvin O. Gardner was born on 29 January 1916, in Van Wert, Van Wert, Ohio, United States, his father, Walter Orson Gardner, was 23 and his mother, Ethel Rea Buxton, was 22. He lived in Hoaglin, Van Wert, Ohio, United States in 1920. He died on 17 August 2007, in Clark, Washington, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States.

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Melvin O. Gardner
Loraine Iva Richards

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    Loraine Iva Richards


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    Thelma Mary Gardner


World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · Fort Lewis is Established

Age 1

Fort Lewis military base was established in 1917, in Tacoma, Washington. It was named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It used to be one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the US. In February 2010, it merged with McChord Air Force Base. 
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 24

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

Name Meaning

1 English: reduced form of Gardener .2 Probably a translated form of German Gärtner ( see Gartner ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Melvin O Gardner in household of Ethel R Gardner, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Melvin Gardner in household of Walter Gardner, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Melvin O Gardner, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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