Merced Sun Star, Merced, CA. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1943
William Spaulding Mudd
Mudd, 89, Dies; Funeral Rites Thursday.
W. S. Mudd, 89, resident of Merced for the past 14 years, and father of Dr. J. L. Mudd, died late Monday afternoon in his home at 32 22nd street.
Mr. Mudd came to California in 1902 and devoted his time to operation of fruit canneries at Hemet, Ontario, Pomona, Cucumonga, and Kingsburg, making his home in Los Angeles 12 years before coming to Merced early in 1929 to operate fig orchards in the Tuttle and Plainsburg communities in partnership with his son, Dr. Mudd. Mr. Mudd remained active manager of the orchards until his death.
Funeral services will be held in Mission chapel of Ivers and Alcorn, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Lee Hofmon officiating.
William Spalding Mudd was born in Kentucky Jan 15, 1854, the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Mudd, both natives of Kentucky. When Mr. Mudd moved to Missouri in 1873, he taught school and worked on the farm. In 1880 he went into the merchandise business, continuing this occupation in Missouri and in the state of Washington many years.
He was married April 17, 1880, in Drexel, Mo., to Alice McNeil, who lived at Berdette, Mo.. Mr. and Mrs. Mudd observed their 63rd wedding anniversary last April.
Mr. Mudd is survived by his widow and three children, Dr. Mudd and Mrs. Gladys Merritt of Merced and Mrs. J. E. Nelson of Berkeley. Two children preceded him in death. Mr. Mudd was one of a family of nine boys and girls. Only brother surviving is S. A. Mudd of Marian, Kans. One sister, Mrs. Alice McNeil, Los Angles, also survives as do five grandchildren - Mrs. Evelyn M. Bray, Mrs. Margaret Ingram and William R. Nelson of Berkeley, Richard and Carolyn Merritt of Merced. Two surviving great grandchildren are Beryn and Judith Ingram, Berkeley.
Mr. Mudd was a member of the Merced lodge of Elks.
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