Prominent Merchant Dies – Edwin M. Mellor, Sr.

June 15, 1916

Edwin M. Mellor, Sr., Dies From Ruptured Blood Vessel

Highly Respected Citizen

For Thirty-six Years Was One of Sykesville’s Most Progressive and Prominent Business Men – Several Times Mayor of His Home Town – Greatly Beloved By All Who Knew For His Many Deeds of Kindness

Apparently in good health and attending to his usual business affairs with which he had been identified for the past thirty-six years Edwin M. Mellor, Sr., a well known business man of the place, suffered a ruptured blood vessel Tuesday afternoon, which caused his death several hours later.

His death was so unexpected, that it had cast a cloud of gloom and sadness over this entire community, in which he has lived all his life.

Just previous to his death, he was sitting on the counter in his place of business talking to one of his friends, when he suddenly complained of his head hurting him. In an instant, it was seen that he was ill and would have fallen on the floor, if it had not been for his friend catching him. He was placed comfortably on a couch in the office of his place of business and his family physician Dr. D. B. Sprecher was called, who, upon his arrival did everything possible for the stricken man. It was seen that he was gradually sinking and that it would be best to remove him to his home. With the assistance of several friends, he was removed to his home nearby by, upon the couch on which he had been placed, and without regaining consciousness passed away at 8 o’clock in the evening.

Mr. Mellor was 63 years old and was born in Sykesville on February 2, 1853. He was the son of the late John Kay and Racheal Mellor who came to his country from England. At the age of 14, he entered the employ of Zimmerman & Schultz. Later he formed a partnership with John McDonald. His quick insight and natural business pursuits soon aroused his ambition for greater opportunities and in 1879 he started business in a small store on the present site of business, when Sykesville consisted of but a few homes.

When the town was incorporated in 1904, he was elected Mayor and served in this capacity for several years and at the time of his death. He was treasurer of the Sykesville Building Loan Association and a director of the Sykesville National Bank. For a number of years he served as Superintendent of St. Paul’s M. E. Sunday School and was an active worker in church affairs. He was also a member of Freedom Lodge A. F. & A. M. and the Odd Fellows.

Besides his widow, who was Miss Mary Williamson Lemen, of Virginia, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert Graham, of this place; and four sons, Messrs. Harry Minor Mellor, of Baltimore; J. Brooks and Edwin Mellor, Jr., of this place; Frank Mellor, of Detroit, and and six grandchildren; two brothers, Messrs. Joshua Mellor of McKeesport, Pa., and William Mellor, of Pledmont, W. Va., and one sister, Miss Anna Mellor, who resides at his former residence.

Funeral services will be held from his former home and at St. Paul’s M. E. Church, Friday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will be made in Springfield Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Messrs. William Melville, James Grimes, John Cauthorn, O. F. Leisl, Wade H. D. Warfield and John Harris; Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. D. B. Sprecher, Messrs. William Chipley, Samuel D. Shipley, Wm. H. Forsyth, J. B. George, M. J. McDonald, William Forthman, Aubrey Hood, William H. Bennett, George Schrade and Robert W. Vanhorn.

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