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Urban Jacob Melchior

Urban Jacob Melchior

Male 1887 - 1944  (56 years)

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  • Name Urban Jacob Melchior 
    Nickname Butch 
    Born 25 Oct 1887  Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 25 Oct 1887  St. Joseph's Church,Jasper,Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1944  Ireland,Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Age 56 years 
    Buried 19 Apr 1944  Fairview Cemetery,Jasper,Dubois Co.Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Baptismal sponsors were Jacob Wuetscher and Mary Miller. John T. Melchior stated that "Urban is an efficient painter and paper hanger, though at present in the U.S. mail service." From the Jasper Herald, April 2, 1943: "Urban Melchior Gives Up Rural Mail Route - Urban Melchior, who has served as rural mail carrier on Route 1, Jasper, since March 1, 1915, has retired from duty because of failing eyesight. Prior to driving the mail, he was engaged in painting and paper hanging, and also did this work as a side line activity after starting on the mail route. In the summer of 1928, Mr. Melchior, realizing the need of a local swimming pool as a place where the youngsters could learn to swim and the older residents could find relaxation on hot summer evenings, began talking up the idea of a swimming pool. As a result $5,000 was pledged, and the pool, known as Pleasure Pool, was built. It is impossible to say how many children and grown-ups learned to stay above water in the local pool, but the number must run into hundreds. Mr. Melchior managed the pool for the next ten years, resigning when he built a new home four miles northwest of Jasper and moved from this city. He plans to devote the rest of his life to farming and gardening on a small scale, and fishing in his private "lake" - a good sized pond which he created near his home - whenever he feels like it. He will stock the pond with fish as soon as the weather is right. He would have been automatically retired from the postal service in another four and a half years even if his eye-sight had not gone bad. Recently a surprise party was given in his honor at his home by Ex-Postmasters John J. Himsel and Dr. G. E. Norman., Postmaster A.T. Rumbach and the personnel of the local post office. They came with food and refreshments, and later in the evening presented their fellow worker of many years with an easy chair. Urban states that he regrets having to give up his work after having enjoyed it for twenty-eight years, but under the circumstances finds it impossible to continue the route." From the Jasper Herald, July 23, 1943: "Square Shootin'by S. E. Stemle - I can tell you where you can find serveral squirrels but must caution you to go properly dressed for a safari into this little-known lair of the acorn munchers. Correct attire consists of a well-tailored suit of armor, preferably in a pastel shade of sky blue, pink or sludge purple. The place: Urban Melchior's country estate near Ireland. There the squirrels come out of the trees to frolic on the Melchior lawn, while Urban's big dog regards them disinterestedly from nearby. Rabbits that bounce out of the nearby woods and fields for a game of hopscotch on the lush grass also meet no opposition from the dog, which has been told repeatedly to welcome his four-footed neighbors." Obituary from the Jasper Herald: "Urban Melchior, Veteran Rural Carrier, Dies - Urban Melchior, who served the local postoffice for almost thirty years as a rural route mail carrier, died at his home on R.R. 1, Jasper, near Ireland Monday afternoon at the age of 56. He had been in ill health since October, 1942, and last Saturday night suffered a paralytic stroke. He was in a coma from Saturday night until he passed away at 1:30 Monday afternoon. Mr. Melchior was born on October 24, 1887, in this city, the son of Henry S. Melchior and Catherine Weutcher Melchior. He attended the parochial schools and later worked in this city and at Louisville. He spent half of his entire lifetime as a rural mail carrier, having completed twenty-eight years of service when ill health forced him to retire eighteen months ago. He was one of the organizers of the Jasper Athletic Club, which built and operated Pleasure Pool, and following the construction of the pool he was the manager for ten years. He believed that every youngster should be taught to swim, and was untiring in his efforts to make the pool a success and spent a great deal of his time in coaching the youth of this and surrounding communities in the art of swimming. In April, 1910, he was united in marriage with Anna Lott, daughter of Charles and Mary Leinenbach Lott. To this union were born four sons, Richard of this city, Francis of Minneapolis, Minn., Charles of Petaluma, Calif., and Cletus, at home; and two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Pfeffer of this city and Mrs. Margaret Schuch, wife of Sgt. Leo Schuch. Mrs. Melchior passed away on February 19, 1939. On March 26, 1940, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Diebler, who survives him. He leaves also one brother, Othmar Melchior, of St. Petersburg, Fl.; three sisters, Mrs. O.J. Unseld of Louisville and Mrs. Will Sprauer and Mrs. Arnold Berggren of Los Angeles, Calif., and six grandchildren. One brother, Sam, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in St. Mary's church, Ireland, at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, followed by burial in the family lot in Fairview cemetery here." Dubois Co. death record gives case of death as myocarditis. From the Herald, Aug. 10, 1956 (Square Shootin', column by S. E. Stemle, written at the opening of Armory Park pool and the closure of Pleasure Pool): "And you felt that somewhere close by must be the ghost of Urban Melchior, who was the driving force behind the movement to get this first pool for his community. Nearly every afternoon after he finished his rural mail route, you could find him at the pool handing out baskets to the kids or selling soft drinks and candy and performing the many odd jobs necessary to keep the pool spic and span. Frequently he would stand at the edge of the pool and instruct the youngsters on how to stay on top of the water, despite the fact that Urban himself couldn't swim a lick."
    Person ID I9  Mierzwiński
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2010 

    Family Ancestors Maria Anna Lott,   b. 21 Jul 1888, Huntingburg, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1939, Ireland,Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 4 May 1910  Louisville,Jefferson Co. Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • From the Jasper Herald, 13 May, 1910: "Melchior-Lott Married at Louisville, Ky.: A beautiful and nuptial wedding took place in St. Anthony's Church, 23 and Market St. May 4th Wednesday morn at 8 o'clock when Miss Anna Lott and Mr. Urban Melchior were united in marriage, Rev. Seraphim assisted by four altar boys performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Lott. She was dressed in a beautiful white Irish lace dress, a soft silk veil was draped over her hair and dress, which added to her beauty. A bunch of lillies of the valley took the place of a wreath on her head. She carried a large bunch of bridal roses mixed with lillies of the valley and ferns, which were tied with a large bunch of white satin ribbon. Miss Alma Melchior, the bridesmaid, was dressed in a soft white mull dress, wore a beautiful white lace picture hat trimmed in two bunches of fresh pink roses and carried a large bunch of pink rose buds and ferns which were tied with pink satin ribbon. The groom and Mr. Charles Lott, the groomsman, were dressed in black serge. After the ceremony they were congratulated by a host of relatives and friends. The couple were white with showers of rice when they reached the bride's home. At one o'clock a bounteous dinner was served and at 3:30 the bridal pair left on their wedding tour for Chicago where they will visit the bride's relatives and other northern cities. After their return they will love (sic) on the farm of the groom's father near Ireland."
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Richard Bernard Melchior,   b. 4 Oct 1910, Ireland,Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1956, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    Married: 1x2. Mary Katherine Melchior,   b. 13 Sep 1912, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 2007, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Married: 1x3. Francis Henry Melchior,   b. 27 Jul 1914, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 2009, Richfield, Hennepin Co. Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Married: 1x4. Charles William Melchior,   b. 24 May 1916, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1995, Newport Beach,Orange Co.,California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Married: 4x5. Marguerite Louise (Peggy) Melchior,   b. 14 Apr 1918, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1987, Franklin, Williamson Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Cletus R. Melchior,   b. 8 Feb 1927, Jasper, Dubois Co. Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1985, Rock Island,Rock Island Co. Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] St. Joseph's Parish Records, Jasper, Indiana.

    2. [S7] Jasper Herald.

    3. [S431] Jefferson Co. Kentucky Marriage Record.


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