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William Mead

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William Mead

Birth
Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, USA
Death
23 Nov 1927 (aged 65)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
Garden of Everlasting Peace, Private Garden # 26
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Real estate developer. Mead is responsible for shaping much of what the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is today. He was the founder of the Vermont Canyon Improvement Club in 1916 which in 1922 was renamed the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA). A businessman into real estate and insurance, he was twice elected to the California State Assembly. He served on the powerful 5 member Los Angeles Water Board that purchased the Owens Valley water rights. He was also President of the first City Planning Commission. By 1914 he had acquired most of the property north of Los Feliz Blvd. from Western Avenue to the L.A. River up to Griffith Park. He built an elegant mansion on 8 acres that still stands of Cockerham Drive and a nearly street was named after Mrs. Mead (Nella Vista). His first housing tract was Hillhurst Park advertised as the "most magnificent residence subdivision ever undertaken in Los Angeles" and Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler built his his estate there in 1916. The LFIA remains a powerful neighborhood association with several hundred members.
Real estate developer. Mead is responsible for shaping much of what the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is today. He was the founder of the Vermont Canyon Improvement Club in 1916 which in 1922 was renamed the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA). A businessman into real estate and insurance, he was twice elected to the California State Assembly. He served on the powerful 5 member Los Angeles Water Board that purchased the Owens Valley water rights. He was also President of the first City Planning Commission. By 1914 he had acquired most of the property north of Los Feliz Blvd. from Western Avenue to the L.A. River up to Griffith Park. He built an elegant mansion on 8 acres that still stands of Cockerham Drive and a nearly street was named after Mrs. Mead (Nella Vista). His first housing tract was Hillhurst Park advertised as the "most magnificent residence subdivision ever undertaken in Los Angeles" and Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler built his his estate there in 1916. The LFIA remains a powerful neighborhood association with several hundred members.

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  • Created by: AJ
  • Added: May 8, 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8732349/william-mead: accessed ), memorial page for William Mead (11 Jan 1862–23 Nov 1927), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8732349, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by AJ (contributor 1003).