I have discovered some additional information on Arthur, who would be our great uncle, stepbrother of Grandma Nora. Thanks to some direction from Char… I was pointed to the Vernal Express (originally the Uintah Papoose) which is a newspaper founded by Grandma Nora’s step mother, Catherine (Kate) Jean Boan. More on her another time.
Arthur did indeed commit suicide as evidenced by the newspaper article in the January 13, 1911 edition of the Vernal Express. The letters that are referenced in this newspaper as written by the hand of Arthur are the very letters that my mom has and which I attached to the previous post. Although the letters mentioned in the newspaper article were addressed to his brother and his children, the letters I have are addressed to his brother and his mother.
His son that would have found him as noted in the article would be Hudson Stuart Mead and he would have just turned 11 years old. His other three daughters would have been 18, 14 and 7 at the time. What a horrible thing for his son Hudson Stuart to have gone through.
Thanks to the http://www.findagrave.com website I learned he was buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron, Nebraska, Plot: Block 7, Lot 46, Space 7. So now I need to make a trip to Chadron (where I was born) and see if I can find the headstone.