SHARP, Zillah M.
- MELVIN, Bessie+
- MELVIN, Hart+
- MELVIN, Carl+
- MELVIN, Jay
- MELVIN, Belle+
- MELVIN, Emily+
- MELVIN, Merle
- MELVIN, Laura+
- MELVIN, Annie
- MELVIN, Ruth Marguerite+
MELVIN, David Jr. 1 2 3 4 5
- Born: 24 Aug 1861, Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 1 2 3 4 5 6
- Marriage: SHARP, Zillah M. on 9 Sep 1886 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 1
- Died: 4 Nov 1937, Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada aged 76 2 3 6
- Buried: 5 Nov 1937, Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 3 6
Cause of his death was complete physical exhaustion.3
David succeeded to his father's farm and conducted it
successfully until 1918, when he sold out and established the
Melvin Garage ... with his son, Hart
In the 1881 Canadian Census, the family name was incorrectly recorded as MALVIN. David Jr. birth year was also recorded in error as the same year as his mother.
THE EVENING CITIZEN, OTTAWA, ONT.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1936.
Winchester Couple Married 50 Years
Mr. and Mrs. David Melvin of Winchester and prominent residents of the district, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary yesterday. The happy couple, both of whom are enjoying good health, were the recipients of many congratulatory messages.
Family Celebrates Golden Wedding of Winchester Couple
Mr. and Mrs. David Melvin, Outstanding Residents of Ottawa Valley, Are the Guests of Honor.
(Special to The Citizen.)
WINCHESTER, Sept. 9\emdash The home of Mr. and Mrs. David Melvin was the scene of a very enjoyable occasion today, when members of their family were all present to join with them in celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. During the afternoon and evening a host of friends from near and far called at the home to offer their congratulations and to extend best wishes for the future.
Messages of congratulations were also received by long distance telephone, telegraph and through the mails.
It was on September 9th, 1886. that Miss Zella Sharpe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theron Sharpe of Winchester, was united in marriage to David Melvin, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. David Melvin, of the Melvin settlement. The ceremony was per-formed at the home of the bride's parents by the Rev. Dr. Moffatt, pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian church. The couple were unattended. Following a short honeymoon Mr. and Mrs. Melvin took up residence in the Melvin settlement. They remained on the Melvin homestead, in the settlement that was pioneered and named after Mr. Melvin's par-ents for a period of 32 years. Here there reared a large family and established a home that was known over a wide area for its kind hospitality and friendship. The farm, which was one of the largest in Dundas County, was at one time a breeding center for some of the finest herds of cattle and horses in Eastern Ontario, due to Mr. Melvin's ability as a stock raiser.
In 1916, Mr. Melvin became interested in the sale of automobiles, and in partnership with Mr. M. Bailey, of Winchester, took over an agency for cars. A few years later he moved to Winchester, dissolved partnership and established an automobile sales and service, which later turned out to be one of the largest in Eastern Ontario. Taking his son, Mr. Hart Melvin, into partnership with him, they continued to build and renovate their garage and show rooms, located on St. Lawrence street, Winchester, until today it has become one of the town's chief industries, and has been a distributing center for thousands of cars and trucks during the past 20 years.
Although a great deal of his time had been taken up in looking after business, until recent years, Mr. Melvin always took a keen interest in community enterprises. He is a lover of fraternal organizations and for over 40 years has been a member of Henderson Lodge No. 383, A.F. and A.M.
Mrs. Melvin has devoted the greater part of her married life to looking after the home, where her kindly disposition, cheerful personality and wise counsel have been an influence in the lives of a large family of children, all of whom are highly respected citizens in their respective communities. She is enjoying good health.
During their married life Mr. and Mrs. Melvin were blessed with a family of ten children, seven of whom are living, and who were all present, together with members of their respective families, on this unique occasion.
One of the most enjoyable events of the day was the anniversary dinner, served at Hotel Winchester, and tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin by their children. This function was attended by the following members of the family relatives, friends and business associates: Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bower, Norma and Harry, of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. Hart Melvin, Eileen, Jean, Eleanor, Betty and David of Winchester; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Melvin, Marion and Helen, of Winnipeg; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Shaver, Merle and Bernis, of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Johnston, Velma and Melvin, of Winchester; Mr. and Mrs. William Smith and John, of Toronto; Mr. and Mrs. Hector MacLean, Sheila and Virginia, of Ottawa; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharpe, Mrs. Ira Annable and Mrs. James Annable, Winchester; Mrs. Wm. Keck and Mrs. Homer Everetts, Iroquois; Mr. E. J. Umprey, general sales manager of zone no. 7 of General Motors, and Mrs. Umphrey, Montreal; Mr. and Mrs. Jake Van Allen, of Winnipeg; Mr. J. J. James, car distribution manager of General Motors Oshawa; Mr. James Smart, manager G.M.A.C., Montreal; Mr. Thomas Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Sweet, Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Atchison, Mr. Newton Salter and Miss Mina Alexander, all of Winchester, and Mr. James Challies and Mr. George Challies, Morrisburg.
At the conclusion of the dinner, Mr. Carl Melvin presided over a program of addresses, which were of a complimentary nature. During the program the guests of honor were presented with a beautiful silver rose bowl on behalf of the members of their family. The bowl, which was gold-lined, was suitably inscribed on the outside and contained a bouquet of golden-colored roses. A basket of beautiful cut flowers was also presented to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin by Mr. Howard Fetterly, on behalf of the garage staff. This was accompanied by an address which was read by Mr. Chester Timmins. During the evening Mr. Melvin was especially honored when a delegation from Henderson .Lodge, No. 383, A.F. and A.M., comprised of Wor Bros. Chester Timmins, W. A. Rowat and H. G. Graham called at the hotel and presented him with a life-membership certificate of Henderson Lodge, and extended to him and Mrs. Melvin, best wishes for future happiness.
Immediately following the dinner, a memorial service was held in memory of three deceased members of the family: Jay, Merle and Annie Melvin, with Mr. Carl Melvin officiating.
Other items of interest on the evening's program were: a toast to the guests of honor, proposed by Mr Carl Melvin; piano selections by Mrs Melvin; congratulatory messages by Mr. Aaron Sweet, Rev. W. S. Atchison, Dr. P. McLaughlin and Mr James Challies; address of welcome by Mr. Hart Melvin; greetings from General Motors Corporation by J. J. James; singing of old favorite songs and musical selections by Mrs. Hector MacLean of Ottawa.
Among the many gifts received by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin on their golden wedding anniversary was a beautiful mantle clock from General Motors of Canada Limited. 7
Facts and details for David Melvin Jr.:
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1871-1953. 8 9
• He worked as a farmer in 1881 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 8
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1881. 10 Living with parents.
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1891. 11
• He worked as a farmer on 2 Apr 1901 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 12
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada on 2 Apr 1901. 12
• He worked as a Postmaster on 1 Mar 1907 in Melvin Settlement, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 7 He served as the one and only postmaster until 14 Feb 1913 when the post office was closed.
• He worked as a farmer on 13 Jun 1911 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 4
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada on 13 Jun 1911. 4
• He worked as an auto dealer on St. Lawrence St. in 1916-1937 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. 9 13 14 In 1916, Mr. Melvin became interested in the sale of automobiles, and in partnership with Mr. M. Bailey, of Winchester, took over an agency for cars. A few years later he moved to Winchester, dissolved partnership and established an automobile sales and service, which later turned out to be one of the largest in Eastern Ontario. Taking his son, Mr. Hart Melvin, into partnership with him, they continued to build and renovate their garage and show rooms, located on St. Lawrence street, Winchester, until in 1936 it became one of the town's chief industries, and was a distributing center for thousands of cars and trucks during that 20-year period.
• He lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1921. 14
• He was buried at the Maple Ridge in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada on 5 Nov 1937.
David married Zillah M. SHARP, daughter of Theron L. SHARP and Emily PORTEOUS, on 9 Sep 1886 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.1 (Zillah M. SHARP was born on 17 Mar 1869 in Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York, United States,1 4 5 6 15 died on 15 Sep 1956 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada 6 15 and was buried on 18 Sep 1956 in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada 6.)