Melvin Louis French

1920–2009 (Age 89)
Stevens, Kansas, United States

The Life of Melvin Louis

When Melvin Louis French was born on 30 January 1920, in Stevens, Kansas, United States, his father, Jesse Jay French, was 27 and his mother, Dora Ethel Nevins, was 21. He married Muriel O Rawlins on 23 December 1940, in Hollis, Harmon, Oklahoma, United States. He lived in Voorhees Township, Stevens, Kansas, United States in 1920 and Banner Township, Stevens, Kansas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 24 February 2009, in Liberal, Seward, Kansas, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Tyrone, Texas, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

Melvin Louis French
Muriel O Rawlins
Marriage: 23 December 1940

Spouse & Children

23 December 1940
Hollis, Harmon, Oklahoma, United States

Parents & Siblings

  • Male1892–1976Male

  • Dora Ethel Nevins




World Events (8)

1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 1

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

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 Jesse French, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Melvon L French in household of Jesse J French, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Melvin L French in household of Jesse J French, "United States Census, 1920"

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