Person:Melvin Keyes (2)

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Melvin F. "Pete" Keyes
m. 1900
  1. Marjorie Lee "Margaret" Keyes1901 - 1972
  2. Milford L. "Ole" Keyes1904 - 1943
  3. Dorothy Keyes1906 - 1985
  4. Melvin F. "Pete" Keyes1910 - 1965
m. Abt 1930
Facts and Events
Name Melvin F. "Pete" Keyes
Gender Male
Birth[1] 15 May 1910 Aneta, Nelson County, North Dakota
Marriage Abt 1930 to Lavera Imogene "Vera" Dennis
Death[1] 25 May 1965 Orange, Orange County, California
Burial[2] 1965 Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange, California, United States

About Melvin F. "Pete" Keyes

Melvin F. "Pete" Keyes was born 15 May 1910 in Aneta, Nelson County, North Dakota, the youngest child of Thomas Arthur Keyes (1868-1921) and Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Smith (1868-1940).

Prior to 1930, Melvin "Pete" Keyes had moved to Los Angeles County, California. According to the U.S. Census taken during that year, he had recently married to Lavera Imogene "Vera" Dennis, was living with her and a one month old daughter and was working as a truck driver for a plumbing shop. He stated that he was 19 years old, he was born in North Dakota and his parents were born in North Dakota and Illinois, respectively. His wife Lavera [listed as "La Verne"] stated that she was then 23 years old, was married at age 22, was born in North Dakota and that her parents were born in Prince Edward Island [father] and "Canada English" [mother], respectively. Her parents were William Dennis [b. abt. 1853] and Mary [b. abt. 1870] of Cass County, North Dakota. The newborn daughter listed in this census was older daughter Marian Janice Keyes, born 9 March 1930 in Los Angeles County, California [California Birth Index, 1905-1995].

Pete Keyes moved the family back to North Dakota for several year, as on 6 June 1935, Lavera gave birth to their only son, Thomas Dennis Keyes in Page, Cass County, North Dakota. Pete and his family were found in the 1940 U.S. Census living in Rochester, Cass County, North Dakota. Pete was listed as "M.F. Keyes", which was mis-read as "M.F. Reyer" by the transcriber. He was working as Head-of-Household, age 29, working as a farmer, with wife La Vera Keyes, age 35, daughter Janice M. Keyes, age 10, and son Thomas Dennis Keyes, age 4.

In about 1946, the family moved back to California and settled in Westminster, Orange County, California. Pete tried his hand at raising chickens, operating a chicken ranch, but that venture proved to be unsuccessful. During World War II, Pete helped a Japanese family that owned a strawberry farm by taking care of it during their internment, returning it to them when they came back after the war. The family stayed in Westminster for 6 years, moving afterwards to nearby Garden Grove, California.

Shortly thereafter, Pete Keyes bought a high end wheel-balancing shop, which he owned for several years, and he was listed in the 1952 City Directory in Santa Ana, California, operating as a mechanic. Melvin "Pete" Keyes passed away on 25 May 1965 in Orange, Orange County, California. He was buried in Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, Orange County, California. His wife Lavera was to out-live him by 29 years, passing away on 15 July 1994, when she was buried alongside her husband.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable primary source).
  2. Find A Grave.
  3.   California. Department of Public Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Death Index, 1940-1997.

    Name: Melvin F Keyes
    Social Security #: 502201416
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 15 May 1910
    Birth Place: North Dakota
    Death Date: 25 May 1965
    Death Place: Orange
    Mother's Maiden Name: Smith

  4.   United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625).

    1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    Name: Melvin Keyes
    Age: 9
    Birth Year: abt 1911
    Birthplace: North Dakota
    Home in 1920: Ora, Nelson, North Dakota
    Street: Fourth Street
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's name: Thom A Keyes
    Father's Birthplace: Canada
    Mother's name: Fannie E Keyes
    Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
    Attended School: Yes
    Household Members: Name Age
    Thom A Keyes 51
    Fannie E Keyes 52
    Margaret Keyes 18
    Melford Keyes 15
    Dourghty Keyes 13
    Melvin Keyes 9

  5.   United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).

    1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    Name: Melvin F Keyes
    Birth Year: abt 1911
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: North Dakota
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1930: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    Street address: W. Twentieth Street
    Ward of City: X
    Block: 1
    House Number in Cities or Towns: 1305 1/2
    Dwelling Number: 48
    Family Number: 48
    Home Owned or Rented: Rented
    Home Value: 35
    Radio Set: Yes
    Lives on Farm: No
    Age at First Marriage: 19
    Attended School: No
    Able to Read and Write: Yes
    Father's Birthplace: North Dakota
    Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
    Able to Speak English: Yes
    Occupation: Truck Driver
    Industry: Plumbing Shop
    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
    Employment: Yes
    Household Members: Name Age
    Melvin F Keyes 19
    La Verne I Keyes 23
    Baby Keyes 0 [11/12]

    Image:Melvin F. Keyes 1930 U.S. Census.jpg

  6.   United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule
    Name: M.F. Keyes
    Birth Year: abt 1911
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: North Dakota
    Marital Status: Married
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Home in 1940: Rochester, Cass County, North Dakota
    Owned Home: Yes
    Home Value: $1,200
    Attended School: No
    Visited No.: 36
    Private Employment: Yes
    Hours Worked in Previous Week: 12
    Occupation: Farmer
    Industry: Farm
    Weeks Worked in Prior Year: 52
    Income: $150
    Other Income: Yes
    Household Members: Name Age
    M.F. Keyes 29 [Census Taker read this as "M.F. Reyes" by mistake]
    La Vera Keyes 35
    Janice M. Keyes 10
    Thomas Dennis Keyes 4

    Image:Melvin F. Keyes 1940 U.S. Census.jpg

  7.   U.S. City Directories: [database on-line]. (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011).

    Name: Melvin F Keyes
    Gender: Male
    Residence Year: 1952
    Residence Place: Santa Ana, California, USA
    Occupation: Mechanic
    Publication Title: Santa Ana, California, City Directory, 1952