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Wesley Charles Melton 1922-2011

May 04, 2011

Wesley Charles Melton 1922-2011

Wesley Melton died on April 24th. He was a true twentieth century pioneer, whose contributions to Los Angeles and California were part of the fabric that has sustained this great state over the past seventy-five years. Born in Oklahoma, one of twelve children to the son of a Methodist minister and his Cherokee wife, Wes¹ early life was shaped by religion in the pre depression days of our country. As the heartland fell victim to the ravages of over taxing the land, Wes, his father and several brothers ventured west to seek the opportunities of promise in the California landscape.

In the early days of automotive travel, the going was slow and treacherous on the newly dedicated Route 66. His first job was not in California, but in Arizona, when the Model-T Ford that the family had employed lost its steam in the Arizona desert. However, it was at this time that Wes and his brothers learned to work the land and developed talents that would serve them well when they finally arrived near Bakersfield several months later.

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Their early jobs entailed the manufacture of boxes for produce and grapes in the burgeoning days of the wine industry. Wes¹ affable personality that served him so well through the rest of his life was developed in the small towns that dotted the expanse of farm land so important to the economy during this pre- war era. Wes Melton served in the naval forces during the Second World War. His career was cut short during a weapon backfire, but he found himself at the naval yards of Treasure Island in San Francisco when news arrived that the war had ended.

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