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.