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CHARLES E. MEAD. The attractive and splendidly equipped drug store of Mr. Mead at 121 Euclid Avenue in the progressive little City of Ontario, San Bernardino, County/ has become under his ownership and management the leading establishment of the kind in the city, with facilities and service of metropolitian order. In addition to having developed this substantial business enterprise Mr. Mead is also treasurer of the Peerless Petroleum Company, which is capitalized for $240,000 and the offices of which are maintained at Ontario. He is a director and was one of the organizers of the Seeutity State Bank of Ontario, which recently opened its doors at the corner of Euclid and B streets, Ontario.

Mr. Mead was born at Lexington, Missouri, on the 4th of January, 1876, and is a son of Charles V. and Anna (Limerick) Mead. Mr. Mead gained his preliminary education in the public schools, and thereafter continued his studies in the State Agricultural College of New Mexico, at Las Cruces, in which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science. After coming to California he was for several years owner of the retail drug business conducted at Colton, San Bernardino County, under the title of the Mission Drug Company. He then transferred his interests to Ontario, where his success as a reliable and progressive business man has been unequivocal and substantial, his initial enterprise at Colton having been based on very modest capital.

Mr. Mead served as first lieutenant in a New Mexico raiment of volunteer infantry during the period of the Spanish-American war, and he is thus eligible for and holds membership in the Spanish-American War Veterans Association. In the period of the World war Mr. Mead showed again his patriotism, as he aided in the various campaigns of local order in support of the Government war-bond issues. Savings Stamps, Red Cross service, etc., and made his individual subscriptions of liberal financial order. He is a stanch republican, he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is affiliated with the Masonic Fraternity, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in each of which he has passed various official chairs.

At El Dorado Springs, Missouri, on the 23d of September, 1908, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Mead and Miss Rosa Schmidt, daughter of William F. Schmidt, she having come to California in the year 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Mead have no children.

The Mead family was founded in America in the Colonial period of our national history, and the subject of this review can trace his lineage in a direct way back to Oliver Cromwell.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011