William Foster Mellon was part owner of Howle-Mellon Hardware in Dadeville. He was the son of William Edward Mellon and Sarah Ella Foster Mellon of Oxford, Alabama. He was married to Lila Roberts Mellon and they had three children. Foster's family owned the Mellon Apple Orchard Farm in Calhoun County, Alabama.
I have an old newspaper clipping and it mentions his stay in Dadeville.
Source: The Anniston Star
Date: February 27, 1936
FOSTER MELLON TO COOPERATE WITH DISTRICT
Board of Revenue Candidate Has Had Previous Experience in Government
Full cooperation with both the Board of Revenue and the residents of District 5 was promised today by W. Foster Mellon if elected to membership on the county ruling body.
Mr. Mellon was born and reared in the district and as a result said he was fully cognizant of the problems and needs. The candidate lived in Oxford for many years and received his first education there from Professor John Dodson. His college training was received at Auburn, after attending the Fourth District Agricultural school at Sylacauga. He is a member of the Oxford Baptist Church. He is now operating the well known Mellon Apple Orchard, in the southern part of the county.
The present race is not Mr. Mellon's first political experience. Five years of his life were spent in Dadeville, and four years of that time he served in the city government. After being elected to the town council Mr. Mellon was named mayor, a position he held until he resigned to return to his county. He also served from 1928 until 1934 on the Oxford council.
"I have had some experience in government operations and believe I can be of real service to the people," Mrs. Mellon concludes.
Shirley Mellon Dewberry
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