Orpha Sabina Lindgren was born 21 Aug 1905 on the new family farm near Fairfax, Gregory, SD. She died 30 Dec 2001 at Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ. Her ashes are buried with her husband in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD (Find A Grave Memorial # 57836730).
On April 16, 1931, Orpha Sabina Lindgren married Charles Burdette Melloon, son of George B. and Addie C. (Small) Melloon at the Melloon home in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD. Burdette was born 31 Jan 1901in Iowa. He died on Sunday, 20 January 1974 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, SD, while getting ready to go to church.
Orpha and Burdette began married life by living with Burdette's parents at 2900 East 12th Street in Sioux Falls, SD. On July 2, 1932, Burdette was in an accident that left him unable to work for nearly a year. Orpha and Burdette had been in the process of building their first home, a 2-room house on the corner of East 12th and Highway 38E. Unable to find work, they started farming. They lived on rented farms and farmed with horses on land east of Sioux Falls, SD. In 1939, they were burdened with debt, so they decided to move back to Sioux Falls. They rented a small house just across the street from Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Burdette found work digging graves and maintaining the cemetery. Floyd was born, and they needed a bigger house. They build one on a lot given to them by Burdette's parents. They both worked at the Army Base in Sioux Falls during World War II. After the war, they raised chickens by the thousands, until 1950. That year, they decided to build a trailer park on the 25 acre site of their first home. This business lasted until about 1970. In 1963, they bought a collection of 6 rides from Casey Scribner. This became Lollipop Park. It had a miniature steam train, a merry go round, pump-it cars, a child-sized ferris wheel, a rotating swing ride, and boats.
Orpha and Burdette were avid campers. In the late 1950's they helped organize a club called the Minne-kota Sioux. It consisted of about seven families and their trailers. They helped organize the first national "Camp-O-Rama" rally.
They were devout people, and always managed to attend a worship service or hold one of their own even when they were traveling. Orpha was active at the Senior Citizen's Center as long as her health allowed.
They had four children:Wayne Charles Melloon, born 29 July 1934, died 22 May 1988Bethal Joy Melloon