Friday, October 14, 2011

Henry Melchor

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Henry Melchor was born in Italy in 1881. (His death certificate listed his birth date as 1882.) Henry and his parents, Angelo and Therese Melchor, and their three other children were living in Sandusky, Ohio on Warren Street. Angelo had come to the United States in 1891, and Therese, Henry, Mary, and Andrew Melchor emigrated in 1896. Four year old Louis Melchor was born after his parents arrived in America. By the time of the 1910 Census, Henry Melchor stated that he and his wife Rose had been married for four years, and they had two little girls, Marguerite and Eulalia.

On October 14, 1918, Henry Melchor died as a result of tuberculosis. He was only 36 years old, and left behind his widow and two young daughters.

Funeral services for Henry Melchor were held at the Melchor residence. Besides his immediate family, Henry was survived by his parents, brothers Andrew and Louis, and sister, Mrs. August Justi. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. An obituary for Henry Melchor appeared in the October 15, 1918 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal. Henry Melchor's death occurred at the time when there were many casualties from World War One, and hundreds across the nation were lost in the widespread influenza epidemic.

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