Melvin H Hornbeck

12 December 1870–19 July 1954 (Age 83)
Paris, Grant, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Melvin H

When Melvin H Hornbeck was born on 12 December 1870, in Paris, Grant, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Cyrus A Hornbeck, was 28 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Shinoe, was 21. He married Sophronia Reese on 16 February 1893, in Grant, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Cedar Township, Pettis, Missouri, United States in 1920 and Pettis, Missouri, United States in 1935. He died on 19 July 1954, in Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, United States, at the age of 83.

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Melvin H Hornbeck
Sophronia Reese
Marriage: 16 February 1893
Huldah L. Hornbeck
Virgil L. Hornbeck
Hettie Lavina Hornbeck
Virgil L Hornbeck
Hettie L. Hornbeck
Virgil L. Hornbeck

Spouse and Children


    Sophronia Reese


16 February 1893
Grant, Wisconsin, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Cyrus A Hornbeck


    Mary Elizabeth Shinoe




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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 13

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Dutch Hornbeek, a habitational name from a place named as ‘horn creek’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Melvin Hornbeck in household of Mary Hornbeck, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"
  • Melvin Hornbeck, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Melvin H Hornbeck, "United States Census, 1940"

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