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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Miss Mead Returns: Had Served Three Months in Devastated France (1919)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, June 6, 1919. Page 1.

Miss Belle Mead returned aboard the steamship Canada on Monday, after serving ten months as representative for Mount Holyoke college in reconstruction work in France and also engaged in work with the Society of Quakers at Verdun and the devastated regions of France. While on her way overseas, an attempt was made by German submarines to blow up the steamship Campania, upon which Miss Mead was a passenger, but without success. The was practically the last effort on the part of the Huns on the seas.

Miss Mead, who is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Mead is now stopping in Greenwich. 

Will of Emma F. Mead Probated (1916)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, June 4, 1916. Page 1.

Deceased Bequeathes Estate Estmated at $3,600 to Sister, Sarah Mead Mead

The will of Emma F., daughter of the late Lyman Mead, has been admitted to the Greenwich Probate Court. The petition shows that the deceased left an estimate sum of $3,500 or which $3,000 is in Greenwich real estate, the other $500 being in personal property.

Sarah M. Mead, a sister of the deceased, is named as executrix of the will and is also the sole beneficiary. 

Burglars Enter Mead Stationary Store Sunday/Police Find Good Taken From Mead's Store Here (1916)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. October 17, 1916. Page 1.

Several Kodaks and 300 Fountain Pens Taken By "Key Workers"

A burglary which the police believe is the work of youthful outlaws, was reported on Monday morning when employees ofnthe Mead Stationery Store discovered that about three hundred fountain pens and a number of kodaks were missing. A thorough search of the premises failed to reveal any windows by which an entrance may have been gained and the olive are of the opinion that thieves entered the store by means of a key to one of the doors.

The fountain pens were taken from a large stock which is carried at the Mead store and some of them are valuable. The kodaks are first-class machines and are expensive photographic equipment.

The police are working on the case and have a clue which may lead to arrests before the end of the week.

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. October 20, 1916. Page 1.

The police have succeeded in recovering all of the loot that was taken from the Mead Stationery store on Saturday or Sunday night, and it is probable that the thief will be arrested in a few days. An anonymous telephone message lead the police to take up the search in the right direction, and true fountain pens and kodaks have been returned to their owners.

The original opinion of the police that the burglary was the work of an amateur key worker seems to have been correct, according to reports. It is believed someone who was familiar with the store obtained a key and made the entry in a bold manner, probably some time Sunday night.

Chief Talbot declined to say where the loot was found, but intimated that some interesting disclosures may be looked for in the early future. 

Judge Mead Would Jail Speeders/Judge Mead Threatens Jail Sentences (1916)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Tuesday, August 15, 1916 Page 1

After fining William Hardwick of Stamford $10 and costs for speeding, when he was arraigned in Borough Court Saturday morning, Judge Mead threatened to impose jail sentences upon offenders who came before him on similar charges in the future. 

James R. Mead of Greenwich. 

The practice of speeding on the Post road in Greenwich is becoming too common, in the opinion of the court, and nothing will be left undone to insure the safety of the public. 

Hardwick was arrested last week by State Officer McMurty while burning up the Post Road near Cos Cob. 

Judge Mead, of the Borough Court, threatens to impose jail sentences on speed maniacs. This will be good news to the careful driving public. There are altogether too many accidents on the Post Road. A fine of $10 or $25 does not seem to deter those who delight in burning up the highways. A few six month sentences behind prison bars might cause others to travel at a moderate rate. Some drivers seem to think that they own the highways, and that those who obey traffic regulations have no business on the public thoroughfares. Judge Mead would be safeguarding the public by imposing jail sentences on those who are brought before him on charges of speeding. 

James R. Mead of Greenwich. 

Meany Buys Mead Estate (1919)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, June 27, 1919. Page 1.

Consideration, Said to be $50,000, Goes to Yale

Postmaster William S. Meany of Greenwich has purchased from the estate of the late Frederick Mead, Jr., the residential property at the corner of East Putnam avenue and Milbank avenues. The consideration said to be about $50,000 goes to Yale University, as residual legatee. The house dates back to the Revolutionary period, having been built by Leopold Eidlitz, the New York architect, sixty-five years ago, for Jared Mead.

This was the girlhood home of Mrs. E.A. Abbey, wife of the celebrated artist, who was a sister of the late Frederick Mead, Jr. She was an authoress and astronomer. Being a graduate of Vassar college she was an intimate friend of Mara Mitchell, a member of the college faculty, who had her astronomical apparatus in this house and was a frequent visitor here. It adjoins the Mulford estate formerly owned by William Rockefeller. By the will of Mr. Mead, recently filed in Surrogate court, New York, his two step-daughters receive the use and income of his three-quarter of a million dollar estate during their lifetime and upon there death the entire estate goes to Yale University, without any restrictions as to how the money shall be used. 

Theatrical Stars Wed: Justice Albert S. Mead Ties the Nuptial Not (1919)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, February 28, 1919. Page 3.

A marriage which united two theatrical stars was performed by Justice of the Peace Albert S. Mead at his office on the top floor of the town building last Saturday morning. The contracting parties were Miss Helen Ware, the well-known actress, and Frederick Burt, now playing the role of Father Clement in Mrs. Fiske's play, "Miss Nellie of N'Orleans" at Henry Miller's theatre, New York

Arrangements for the wedding were hastily made, as the bride is to play in vaudeville in Cincinnati next week. Those who accompanied them to Greenwich and were present at the ceremony were Hamilton Revelle, leading man of Mrs. Fiske's company, Misses Ann and Margaret Sutherland and Robert Conville. After securing a marriage license from Town Clerk Robert Wellstood, who came to his office just to oblige, even though it was a holiday, the nuptial knot was tied. Three hours later Mr. Burt was playing his role, and Mrs. Burt was seated in the audience. They will reside in Rye, N.Y.

Helen Ware in 1909.
The bride is one of the few prominent actresses who came to the stage after having started a career as teacher. She has appeared in many plays. One of her chief successes was as the heroine of 'within the Law,' in which role she succeeded Miss Jane Cowl. She has played several all-star combinations, including a revival of 'A Celebrated Case' at the Empire Theater in 1915. She has appeared recently in several playets in vaudeville. She is a member of the Twelfth Night and Three Arts club and of the Society of Arts and Letters and has been untiring in charitable work during the war.

Mr. Burt has appeared in the plays, 'The Thirteenth Chair' and 'The House of Glass,' and earlier in his career he was in support of Mrs. Leslie Carter and Miss Frances Starr. 

Residence and Picture of Oliver D. Mead, Field Point Park (Belle Haven)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic (Special Illustrated Edition), September 22, 1916.