Submitted by Marrie Miller
With a creditable military record on the Union side in the Civil War, a successful business career since that great contest closed, years of excellent service to his fellowmen in official stations of prominence and responsibility, influence and activity in the councils of his church, having a social position among the leading elements of the community, and high standing in the affairs of his political party, Melvin Nichols has exhibited in a marked and gratifying degree the readiness of the American citizen for every public and private duty, his unswerving devotion to the welfare of his country and the manly qualities which distinguish him in every relation of life. His ancestry runs back in unbroken lines on both sides of his house through a long succession of military heroes and civil potentates in New England, the first of his father's family to be known in the annals of the section being Solomon Nichols, who came with his parents from
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