Anson G. Mead, a prominent attorney of Beloit, Mitchell county, Kansas, is a native of the Buckeye State. He was born on a farm in Belmont county, Ohio, August 22, 1853, a son of Enfield S. and Lucy (Dearborn) Mead. Enfield S. Mead was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, in 1817, and died in Barnesville, Ohio, in 1897. Farming had been his chief occupation. Lucy Dearborn, to whom he was married in 1848, was a native of New Hampshire. She died in 1903. Anson G. Mead was one of a family of eight children, as follows: Corwin Dearborn, born in 1849, now an attorney at Pierre, S. D., was a member of the constitutional convention that drafted the constitution of that State when it was admitted; Clarkson Oregon, born in 1851, now a farmer, Chase county, Nebraska; Anson G.; Ida S., born 1855, married T. T. Culpitt, contractor, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Anna, born in 1857, married H. C. Evers, died in 1887; Virginia S., born in 1861, married William Burns, farmer, Greene county, Iowa; Edward Lloyd, born in 1859, resides on the old homestead in Belmont county, Ohio, and Belle, born in 1863, now the wife of H. C. Ewers, capitalist, Topeka, Kan.
The subject of this review was reared on the farm and received his early education in the public schools of Ohio, and when sixteen years old began teaching school, which he followed about four years. He then took a four-years college course, graduating in the law department of the University of Iowa, June 23, 1879. He was then admitted to practice by the supreme court of Iowa. During the same year he came to Beloit and engaged in the practice of his profession, and immediately built up an extensive law business, to which he still devotes himself. He is also interested in other local enterprises, perhaps the most important of which is a loan brokerage business, having loaned vast amounts of money on central and western Kansas land. Mr. Mead was united in marriage August 1, 1880, at Somerton, Ohio, to Miss Elma, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Benson) Lee, natives of Baltimore, Md. To this union were born five children: Mary Pearle, born May 8, 1881, married George E. Hartshorn, attorney, Cleveland, Ohio, is a graduate of the Beloit High School and later attended the Denison University, Granville, Ohio; Enfield Blame, born April 12, 1883, who is with the International Harvester Company, resides at Beloit, Kan. He married Miss Hazel Gondy, and they have two children, Virginia, born December 20, 1907, and Harry Forest, born October 3, 1909. Forest Dearborn, born September 10, 1887, graduated in the Beloit High School in the class of 1905 and then took the civil engineering course in the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He has served as city engineer of Beloit, also deputy county surveyor of Mitchell county, and is now an assistant civil engineer in the Kansas City Southern railroad with headquarters at Texarkana, Tex. Elizabeth, born February 20, 1890, educated in the Beloit High School and Denison University, Granville, Ohio, married Clarence R. Hubbard April 7, 1912. Mr. Hubbard is teller in the Beloit State Bank, Beloit, Kan. Lucy Hazel, born November 16, 1892, graduated in the Beloit High School, class of 1911, and made a special study of music and is an accomplished pianist. Anson G. Mead is one of the men who came to Kansas in an early day and has had an active professional career. He is public-spirited and has always taken a keen interest in all movements tending to the betterment of his community and State. He has also been active in politics, having been a lifelong Republican. He has served as mayor of Beloit one term and represented Mitchell county in the State legislature three terms, from 1901 to 1905. While a member of the legislature he served on many important committees, including the judiciary committee and the committee on taxation, having been chairman of the latter during the session of 1905. Mr. Mead is a director in the First National Bank of Beloit, and has extensive financial interest in Kansas and Oklahoma. He is a Thirty-second degree Mason, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.Pages 337-338 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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