Obit: Mead, William Harrison "Harry" (1883-1911)
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Mead, Smith, Bishop, Andrews, Carlton,
Bright, Bowen, Nichols, Schofield, Cook
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville,
Clark County, Wis.) 03/23/1911
Mead, William Harrison (Nov 19, 1883-March ?,
Harrison Mead, familiarly known as "Harry" was born in Duchess
County, N.Y., Nov. 19th, 1883, being the eldest in a
family of ten children. When twelve years of age he with his
parents emigrated to Jefferson Co., Wis., and settled near
Watertown where he attended school a short time in winter and
worked on the farm in summer. During the last year of the
Civil War he was in the employ of the Federal government, engaged
in putting up telegraph lines in Western Virginia.
Mead was married July 4th, 1861, to Miss Julia A.
Smith. To this union seven children were born: Frank A.,
Clara, Helen, Harry, Angus, Philo and Hugh, who died in
infancy. Helen, Mrs. Ed Bishop, is also dead. In 1865
Mr. Mead came to Clark County and settled in the town of
Warner. At that time there was not a turnpike in Clark County
and only three farms opened between his place and
Neillsville. There was no settlement at Greenwood, and
Neillsville only had two hundred inhabitants. The writer has
often heard him tell of his walking to Neillsville and carrying
salt pork and other provisions on his back.
Mead at one time owned nearly 2000 acres of land in Clark County
and logged extensively on Black and Chippewa Rivers. He was
chairman of the town of Warner for many years and for several years
chairman of the County Board, he was generous to a fault, never
refusing succor to those in need, and did much for the development
of Northern Clark County. Many testimonies of his kindness
and generosity are told by the early settlers to whom he extended a
Mr. Mead was buried under the auspices of the Masons of which lodge he has been a member for many years. The pall bearers were G.B. Andrews of Longwood, Chas. Carlton of Tioga, H.A. Bright of Bright, E. Bowen, John Nichols and Robt. Schofield of Greenwood. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Cook of Owen, Wis., to a concourse of friends who had gathered to pay their last tribute of respect. The remains were laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery. - Greenwood Gleaner
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