9/12/1918 Hidalgo, Jasper Co, IL was his address when he registered for the draft. He was 37 years old and verified his birth date as posted. He listed his father as nearest relative and his occupation was farmer. Physically he was described as tall, slim build, with light hair and unreadable color of eyes.
1930 Alley, Hidalgo. That year at census time he was head of the household at age 48, married the first time at age 38 to Bessie I, 30, who married at 18. In the family were Bessie's son Tony D, 12, their son Harry F, 4 yrs 4 months, and Melvin's 72 year old father Franklin M. Melvin owned the home.
His funeral was held at 2 PM on Saturday at Markwell Funeral Home.