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Monday, February 1, 2016

OLD RESIDENT PASSES AWAY: Mrs. Silas D. Mead Dies at the Home of Her Son in Her 91st Year (1912)

Source: Greenwich Press. Friday, May 24, 1912. Page 4.

In the death of Emily L. Close Mead, which occurred at the home of her son, Ezekiel C. Mead, 139 West Putnam avenue, Wednesday morning, the town has lost one of its oldest and most respected residents.

For some time past the deceased has been in poor health, but up to within a few days of her demise, Mrs. Mead retained all of her faculties, which is somewhat remarkable for a woman so far advanced in years.

Mrs. Mead was the daughter of the late Althea Palmer and Ezekiel Close, and was born in the family homestead at Quaker Ridge, December 21st, 1820. She received her early education in the District school and although but little opportunity was afforded the student in those days, she gained a well grounded education through careful reading. On September 22nd, 1840, she married her late husband, Silas D. Mead and moved to the Mead farm in Round Hill. Here she remained until about two years ago, when the property was sold and she took up her residence with her son, Ezekiel C. Mead, with whom she lived until the time of her death.

Six years ago Mrs. Mead suffered from a stroke of paralysis, which resulted in her being unable to walk with but extreme difficulty.

She kept the daily newspapers and the best magazines constantly with her and in this way kept thoroughly versed in the affairs of the times. Of late her had been impaired, but she was a most interesting conversationalist and loved it to relate anecdotes of her past life to so many friends who called to see her from the time to time.

Deceased is survived by five children, Mrs. Livingston Disbrow of New Rochelle; Silas E. Mead of Greenwich; Emily C. Mead of North Greenwich; Horatio B. Mead, a lumber dealer in Douglas County, South Dakota and Ezekiel C. Mead.

The funeral service will take place from the residence of her son on West Putnam avenue tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Rev. Levi Rogers, pastor of the North Greenwich church, will officiate. Internment will be in Quaker Ridge cemetery.

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