Melvin Lee Altom

1936–2001 (Age 65)
Scurry, Texas

The Life of Melvin Lee

When Melvin Lee Altom was born on 21 February 1936, his father, Chester Payton Altom, was 26 and his mother, Ruby Ann Isabell Tracy, was 28. He married Beatrice Nettie Leonard on 16 April 1979. He died on 21 June 2001, in Big Spring, Howard, Texas, United States, at the age of 65.

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Melvin Lee Altom
Beatrice Nettie Leonard
Marriage: 16 April 1979

Spouse & Children

16 April 1979
Howard, Texas, USA

Parents & Siblings

  • Chester Payton Altom


  • Ruby Ann Isabell Tracy




World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 1

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

Age 13

One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.
1954 · Right to Serve on Juries

Age 18

In 1954, women finally won the right to serve on juries.

Name Meaning

Probably one of several variants of English Halton or Alton , but it could also be an altered form of English Altham, which is a habitational name from Altham in Whalley, Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘river meadow (hamm) of the swans (elfitu)’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Melvin Altom in entry for Helen Bates, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Melvin Altom in entry for Helen Bates, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Melvin Lee Altom, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"

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