Wyatt, Melvin Jerome

Male 1872 - 1965  (93 years)

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  • Name Wyatt, Melvin Jerome 
    Born 25 May 1872  Logan Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Sep 1965 
    Buried Lime Springs Mitchel Co Ia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lost right ear in farm accident 1930

      Melyin J. Wyatt, 1872-1965, (Born in Logan Co. IL)(Buried in Lime Springs, Mitchel Co., IA) continued farming with the assistance of his third son, Oliver until he was 68 years old. Age, changing markets, mechanization and Oliver's desire to try something else, all served to bring Mels career to an end. After that, he worked as a hired hand for neighbors until well into his 70"s. At one point in time he had, with labor intensive methods, farmed 300 acres with the help of his children and often one or more "hired men" (farm laborers). He never owned any land because as he put it,
      . . . they'll just take it away from you anyway This reflected his attitude toward
      either or both, government on any level and/or the banking industry. Mel believed that
      7 or 8 years of education was quite enough, certainty for the girls who didn't need
      more because, '. . . they are only going to get married and have a batch of kids!" And besides, it meant boarding in town at almost $3.75 a week, making it impossible.
      These l9th century attitudes were likewise illustrated by his strictly forbidding swearing in the house in the presence of women and girls.
      Mel was part of that generation who were forced to attempt to adapt from a horse and buggy to an automobile. He never quite made it. The concept of a friction clutch escaped him. His driving process was to increase the revolutions of the engine so it would not kill, then let the clutch in rapidly. Every start was a huge lunge forward. To Mel, stopping at a stop sign was purely optional unlessi there actually was traffic in the intersection at the time.

      To the Wyetts, religion is generic Christian in form. Certainly baptism is important, and weddings and funerals properly belong in Church. But from there on it is largely a matter of the Lord helping those who help themselves. Church attendance is irregular at best

      The children of Melvin Wyett are universally possessed with a strong work ethic. An occasional Sunday afternoon spent fishing or visiting with family or friends seems permissible, but most often with what most would call leisure time, things are repaired or new things are fashioned. Work is both a livelihood and an entertainment.

      Yet, nowhere can there be found meaningful attempts to acquire much in the way of material wealth. They just don't try to "keep up with the Joneses (keeping up appearances?) The goal seemes to be a high degree of self sufficient independence. Unemployment, often during periods when no jobs were available is not found among these industrious people.

      For two generations, there were no marriages broken other than by the death of
      a spouse at a relatively advanced age.

      With the exception of the laissez faire attitude toward religion, these characteristics are common among those generations of people who resided in the rural regions of the mid western states.
    Person ID I8266  Hougham
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2001 

    Father Wyatt, George Byron
              b. 14 Oct 1846 
    Mother Hougham, Isabella
              b. 22 Oct 1851
              d. 1916  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1870  McLean Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    George and Isabella Wyatt
    George and Isabella Wyatt
    Family ID F1110  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Burger, Mary
              b. 24 Dec 1884
              d. 17 Mar 1965  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 16 Mar 1901 
    +1. Wyatt, Lewis Jennings
              b. 2 Jul 1902
              d. 20 Apr 1995  (Age 92 years)
     2. Wyatt, George Byron
              b. 1 May 1904
              d. 21 Aug 1930  (Age 26 years)
     3. Wyatt, Oliver Raymond
              b. 7 Apr 1907
              d. 1976  (Age 68 years)
    +4. Wyatt, Matilda Rose
              b. 17 Jan 1910
              d. 2 Sep 2014  (Age 104 years)
    +5. Wyatt, Howard Taft
              b. 6 Jun 1911
              d. 1991  (Age 79 years)
    +6. Wyatt, Pearl Belle
              b. 11 Feb 1914
              d. 29 Oct 1992  (Age 78 years)
    +7. Wyatt, Florence Edith
              b. 8 Jul 1915, Hornich,Woodbury Co Ia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Jan 1998  (Age 82 years)
     8. Wyatt, Bertha Mae
              b. 31 May 1917, Woodbury County Ia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Dec 1918  (Age 1 years)
    +9. Wyatt, Lloyd Allen
              b. 13 Dec 1918, Blenco Monona Co Ia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Apr 2002  (Age 83 years)
    +10. Living
    +11. Wyatt, Chester Clark
              b. 25 Feb 1915
    +12. Living
    Family ID F3018  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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