On December 24th, 1937 New London's oldest citizen Calvin Albert Mead, son of James Madison and Mary Manahan Mead, passed away at the home of his son, Alto Mead. He was 94 years old.
Born on the Medina Road near Norwalk, Ohio on July 19th, 1843 he was married to Sarah Anne Chilly at North Fairfield, Ohio on October 4th, 1866. To this union was born one son, C. Alto.
Mr. Mead had a very adventurous and interesting life. As an early lad he was a steersman on the canal boat on the old Miami and Erie Canal between Toledo and Cincinnati, Ohio. Later he worked for Courtright Fanning Mill Works at Norwalk. He then went to Ashtabula where he worked for the J.L. Crosby Fanning Mill for two years, then returned to Norwalk, Ohio where he went to work for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad, a position he held for ten years. He then purchased the Dray business from Jerry Strickland and along with his son, Alto, he kept two drays going for about eight years. He then went back to the LS&MS Railraod and was a foreman at Norwalk for another nine years. After a few years of house painting he then went to work in the car barn at Milan of the old Sandusky, Milan & Norwalk streetcar line, later a part of the Lake Shore Electric. In 1920 he retired and came to New London to live with his son, Alto.
Services were held at 2:30 pm by the Rev. W.H. Mitchell of the First Methodist Church at New London. The Fitch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk. Surviving are one son, Alto, one grandaughter, Mae Mead Smith and three Great Grandchildren, Dorothy, Charles and Theodore Smith all of New London.
From 1937 New London Record