|HUDSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE FARMER CRITICALLY HURT IN FALL FROM HAYLOFT
Nov 23, 1953
Judah H. Mellen, 52 of Barrett Hill road, remains in critical condition today at the Nashua Memorial hospital from head injuries he received when the toppled some 25 feet from a hayloft to a cement floor at his dairy barn, Saturday afternoon.
The Physician attending him said Mellen suffered a compound skull fracture and is in serious condition.
According to Police Chief Andrew J. Polak, the farmer apparently fell from a hayloft while he was feeding cattle about 2 p.m. Saturday. He was discovered by his daughters, Ruth, 17 and Esther, 13 shortly after 5 p.m. when the girls and their mother returned home from a trip, discovered him. Mrs. Mellen said she suspected something was wrong when lights did not show at the home or at the barn.
Mrs. Mellen telephoned for the Nashua ambulance and police from that city were escorted to the scene by the Hudson authorities. Sgt John E. Barry and Patrolman Armand Roussel took Melen to the hospital in the city ambulance.
The injured man’s son, a Korean veteran, Airman 3/c Clayton R. Melen, arrived home early this morning from the Kessler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was stationed. Through the Nashua chapter of the American Red Cross and air base authorities, he was able to obtain an emergency leave.
Chief Polak and Officer Paul ‘Amour conducted the preliminary investigation.
Judah H. Mellen, 87, of 14 Frenette Drive, died Tuesday, August 23, 1988 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua following a brief illness.
He was born in Lowell, Mass, Aug 14, 1901, son of the late Arthur and Lillian (Hartt) Mellen, and was educated in Lowell schools. For many years prior to his retirement, he owned and operated a dairy farm on Barrett’s Hill in Hudson.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Mr. Mellen held membership in the American Association of Retired Persons and the Silver and Gray Group of Trinity Baptist Church in Nashua.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte L. (McKeen) Mellen, with whom he celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary June 29; two daughters, Ruth (Mrs. Richard Gage) and Esther (Mrs. Ralph Taylor) of Springfield, VA; a son Clayton R. Mellen of Brookfield, Wis; five grandchildren, John J. Sturtevant of Binghamton, N.Y., Nancy B. Sturtevant of Milwaukee, Wis., Sheri Ann Sturtevant of Milford, Cindy Peterson of Wales, Wis., and Roger Mellen of Wauwatosa, Wis; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Hazel Smith of Sandwich, Mass., Dorothy Jacques of Pittsfield, Mass., and Marjorie Hill of Winnisquam; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The David Funeral Home in Nashua is in charge of arrangements.