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Melvin Dacus Oral History

 Collection
Identifier: C-0029

Dates

  • 1992

Biographical / Historical

Melvin Dacus was born March 15, 1923 in Fort Worth, his father, James Alexander Dacus, was head of the Texas Christian University business school when it moved to Fort Worth. He graduated from TCU in 1944. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Marines and participated in the landing on Iwo Jima. After the war he sung in the first two operas of the Fort Worth Opera. In 1946 he went to New York to pursue his singing career. He returned to Fort Worth in the early 1950s. In 1958, he and Fort Worth oilman James H. Snowden formed the nonprofit corporation that built Casa Manana in 1958. He became producer/general manager in 1966 and held the post until 1975. He and his wife performed on the dinner theater circuit. He died on October 6, 1999. The interviews were conducted in 1992 by Ken Hopkins, manager of the Genealogy and Local History section.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials

English

Physical Location

Archives: 3A2
Title
Melvin Dacus Oral History
Status
Completed
Author
lunh
Date
19 December 2000
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

Contact:
500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102
817-392-7740