Hudson Dexter Mead Sr. (my great grandfather) was born on August 26, 1868 in Niles, Michigan. He died sometime in May 1950 in Chadron, Nebraska.
His dad’s name was John Groot Mead and his mother’s maiden was Mary Eliza Dexter, affectionately called “Dan”.
On Sept 16, 1902 he married Nora O’Melia Blake in Carbon, Utah.
They had four children:
Hudson Dexter Mead II (Gloria’s dad) – b. 11 Sep 1906, d. 18 Mar 1985
Mary Elizabeth Catherine Mead (Denny) – b. 18 Nov 1910, d. Oct 1984
Kate Jean Mead (Bristow) – b. 7 Nov 1913, d. 1979
John Mead (died when 18 months old)
In the 1880 census he was living in Bon Homme, Dakota Territories and in 1900 lived in Dry Creek, Dawes County, Nebraska. Somewhere along the way he lived in Utah where he met our great Grandma Nora, got married and then ended up in Chadron a few years later where he lived out his days and passed away in 1950, one year before I was born in Chadron. He is buried in Chadron, Nebraska at the Greenwood cemetery.
According to mom (Gloria) he was an only child, but according to my research on Ancestry he had a brother name Arthur J. who was born (also in Niles, Michigan) in 1862. Arthur did get married and had some children, and I did find a handwritten letter from Arthur to his mom and to Hudson. (more on this to come)
His occupation according to the census information was as a civil engineer in Chadron. At one point, he was the water commissioner of Chadron.