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Simon Allen Mead
February 17, 1830 – March 15, 1896
Mr. Simon Allen Mead died at his home near this place, last Sunday morning about three o'clock. Mr. Mead had been gradually falling in health for about a year, being afflicted with the dread disease, consumption. The immediate cause of his death, however, was due to an overdose of laudanum. Whether an overdose of the drug was taken in its use to allay pain and suffering or whether it was taken with the intention of inviting death, is not definitely known. Since the death of his father, two weeks before, the deceased had been quite despondent, fully realizing that death was near, and it is surmised that he took the deadly drug to hasten the end, which at best, was but a few days off. Mr. Mead was 66 years and 27 days old. He was born in Manchester township, Dearborn county, Indiana, Feb. 17, 1830, and resided in that state until 23 years of age. In 1853 he came to Jones county, and took up his residence on the farm which he made his home until death. He was married April 12, 1857, to Harriet Simons, who died Sept. 20, 1885. The result of this union was four children two of whom are still living. The deceased was of a very accommodating and neighborly disposition. His honesty and integrity was commendable. He was a very kind hearted man, who took an especial interest in young people and their company was always a source of pleasure to him. The funeral services were conducted at the Mead homestead, by Rev. J. Q. Dickensheets of the U. B. church, last Monday afternoon.

Submitted by: Steve Hanken
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, 19 March 1896

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