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Friday, January 1, 2016

Six Generations of Meads, Deacons (1919)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, February 14, 1919. Page 1.

Charles N. Mead Presents New Bell to Commemorate Deacon Ancestors

Announcement was made at the morning service of the Second Congregational church last Sunday, that Charles N. Mead had presented a bell for the new spire, in memory of six successive generations of deacons in his family, serving this church for nearly 200 years. It will be a victory and peace bell, bearing the inscription, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men." It will be cast at the Mencely Works in Troy, and probably will be installed by Easter Sunday.

The old bell, which was taken down and placed in one of the horse-sheds at the rear of the church, while the spire was being re-built, had become cracked from being overheated in a fire which broke out in the sheds some time ago, and instead of the former clear tone of the bell, which were most pleasing to the ear, it had sounded muffled of late.

For many years the spire of this church has been a guide for seafaring men on Long Island Sound. The church itself stands on the highest point of land along the Sound between New York and New London.

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