E. B. Melendy was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, December 26, 1860, and is the son of Edward and Jemima Elizabeth (Hutchinson) Melendy, the former of whom was born in Guilford, Vermont, September 20, 1820, and the latter in Jefferson county, Indiana, January 15, 1831. In 1845 the father came to Wisconsin, locating first in Lake township, Milwaukee county, where he lived until 1851. He then removed to Sheboygan county and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres located on sections 10 and 11 in Lima township and there was engaged in the cultivation of his land until the time of his death, which occurred in December, 1891, at the age of seventy-one years.
In 1836 the mother settled in Milwaukee county with her parents, James and Mary (Morgan) Hutchinson, who there spent the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Melendy celebrated her wedding in Milwaukee, July 4, 1847, and with her husband removed to Sheboygan county in 1851, settling on a farm in Lima township, where she still resides at the advanced age of eighty-two years. She has always enjoyed good health and her mind is as clear and active today as in the earlier days of her life. Her maternal grandparents were among the early settlers of Virginia and to them belongs the distinction of having established what is now the well known village of Morgantown, Virginia. To Mr. and Mrs. Melendy six children were born: Lucy, the wife of Frank Locks, of Antigo, Wisconsin; Arthur B., whose death occurred February 6, 1902, in Manitowoc, which city had been his home for many years; Mark H., who resides in Sheboygan Falls; Edward, who is a merchant of Elbing, Kansas, and who. is also serving as postmaster of that city; and Blanche M., the wife of G. J. Liezen, of Milladore, Wisconsin.
E. B. Melendy, the other member of the family, was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Lima township and was later graduated from the Sheboygan Falls high school with the class of 1879. He remained under the parental roof engaged at work on his father's farm until he was twenty-three years of age, during which time he also learned the trade of cheese-making, and in 1884 he built a cheese factory on the home farm, which he has since successfully operated. For the past fourteen years he has also been engaged in the making of butter at his factory. In addition to the time and attention devoted to the various lines of business as above stated, Mr. Melendy is also engaged in the cultivation of his farm of eighty acres, which he operates in connection with an eighty acre tract his mother still owns. In his farming enterprise he makes a specialty of dairy farming and the growing of all cereals common to his locality. In his factories he now is manufacturing one hundred pounds of butter per day, and six hundred pounds of cheese.
At Sheboygan Falls on April 14, 1887, Mr. Melendy was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Fass, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fass, who were among the early settlers of Holland township. Mr. and Mrs. Melendy are the parents of two children, Guy E. and Queenie J ., aged respectively twenty-two and ten years. The son took a special course in butter making at the State Agricultural College at Madison, Wisconsin, and is now helping his father in his work on the farm.
Mr. Melendy is affiliated with the republican party and for the past sixteen years has been clerk of the school district in which he lives, and also served for three years as town treasurer. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic lodge at Sheboygan Falls, and he is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Equitable Fraternal Union of Sheboygan Falls. Mr. Melendy is one of the active and' enterprising citizens of Lima township and a man whose business career has brought him In contact with a very considerable portion of the inhabitants of the county in which he resides. His well known reputation for integrity in all business affairs has gained for him the esteem of all his friends and associates and he is entitled to be numbered among the most useful citizens of his part of the state.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL