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Thomas W. Melaven

Thomas W. Melaven, since 1890 connected with mercantile interests of Harper’s Ferry as proprietor of a general store, was born in Taylor township, November 6, 1859, and is a son of James and Elizabeth (Healy) Melaven, the former a pioneer in Allamakee county, more extended mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work.

Thomas W. Melaven was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools of Taylor township. He remained with his parents until 1890 and then came to Harper’s Ferry;, where he purchases a stock of general merchandise and established himself in business. He now has, the largest and best store in the village and controls an important and growing trade, accorded him in recognition of his upright and honorable business methods, his constant courtesy and his earnest desire to please his patrons.

Mr. Melaven married Miss Aline Guthnick, who was born in Harper’s Ferry, and the have become the parents of one child, Ethel. Mr. Melaven is a devout member of the Roman Catholic church and is a democrat in his political beliefs, interested and active in community affairs. After the incorporation of the town he served as mayor for eight years and his administration was distinguished by the accomplishment of a great deal of constructive and beneficial work. While giving close attention to his personal interests he has never lost sight of his duty as a citizen, being deeply interested in all matters pertaining to the public welfare and giving of his time and means toward the advancement and promotion of the community at large.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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