Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:40:25
Robert Reynoldson has lived retired in Boone for the past eight years after a successful career as a farmer and stock raiser in Des Moines township. He was born in Cambridgeshire, England November 11, 1845, and is a son of Robert and Mary (West) Reynoldson, who crossed the Atlantic in 1857, locating in Canada. They came to Boone county in November 1865, but in 1872/73 removed to Boone county, Nebraska, where the father homesteaded land and where the parents resided until their deaths. He passed away in the 80ís aged eight-five years, and his wife died when she was bout sixty years old. They were members of the Church of England and devout adherents of that faith. Of their twelve children eleven were born in England and the youngest in Canada. All those who lived to maturity attained substantial positions in life, for sons now making their home in Nebraska. Four daughters are also living and they quite frequently visit their oldest brother, the subject of this review.
Robert Reynoldson enjoyed but limited educational advantages in England but nevertheless has been successful in life and there can be counted no failure against him. He has always been honest, determined and industrious and has never undertaken anything that he has not brought to a successful conclusion. He came to Boone county, in November 1865, and for about four years was employed in the McFadden mill at Boonesboro. He then operated a ditching machine and in that way laid the foundation for a small fortune which enabled him in 1876 to buy 160 acres of land three miles south of Boone. This property was known as the Joes farm, Mr Jones having entered it from the government, and Mr Reynoldson still has the patent. He later added to his land and now owns about 400 acres which are worth at least two hundred dollars per acre. A quarter section of this land he bought at prices ranging between thirty-five and seventy dollars. He followed farming and stock raising for many years, giving particular attention to fine horses and mules, and later also fed cattle and hogs for the market. He was always progressive in his farming and success came to him in remuneration for his unceasing efforts.
On January 1, 1872, Mr Reynoldson married Miss Olive Jones, who was born in Hardin county, Ohio, in July 1842, and is a daughter of Jesse Jones, who with his family came to Boone county in 1853, settling in Des Moines township. There Mrs Jones passed away, her husband dying in Story county, having reached the age of more than eighty years. There were six children in the Jones family and Mrs Reynoldson still has two brothers and one sister living in Story county. Mr and Mrs Reynoldson are the parents of five sons and one daughter as follows: Fred, who cultivates a farm four miles north of Boone and who married Clara Hoffman, by whom he has one son, Harold, Jesse, who left the parental roof at the age of seventeen and is now engaged in the real estate business in Montana, owning a considerable amount of land and also engaging in the cattle business, Mary who married Joseph Kemmer, a farmer of Jackson township, residing near Erickson, by whom she has four daughters and one so, Leone, Irene, Minnie, Lulu and Loren L and Edward and agriculturist of Dodge township, who married Miss Hattie Good a daughter of George Good by whom he has four sons, Cleo, Howard, Robert and Glenn, James who operates one of his fatherís farms two miles from Boone, and who married Miss Lulu Parker and Charles who married Elizabeth Radcliffe and resides on the home farm.
Robert Reynoldson is a democrat and has always taken an active part in the progress and advancement of his county. His wife attends the Christian church, and both have derived much pleasure from traveling, having crossed the continent and spent some time in California. MR and Mrs Reynoldson and family are highly respected by all who know them and are numbered among the substantial citizens of Boone who have made valuable contributions to the material, moral and intellectual development of this part of the state.
1914 Boone County History Book
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