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Abercombie "Aber" Reynolds 1870-1907


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 9/4/2022 at 11:37:25

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, August 22, 1907
page 4

Abercombie Reynolds drowned.

The remains of the late "Aber" Reynolds were brought in from Peoria Monday night. His death occurred Monday morning, the result of accidental drowning. Mr. Reynolds was a expert pile and bridge man and it was in the line of his business that his fate overtook him. He was a foreman for the Marsh Bridge company of Cedar Rapids who are erecting a large concrete bridge for the city of Peoria across the Illinois river. He was just getting his men to work on Monday morning and was reaching a plank up to some men above when he toppled over into the river, which was swollen and very swift and deep. Help failed to reach him and his body was recovered within half an hour of the accident. The remains, accompanied by his wife and step daughter and a Mr. C. A. Carpenter, who had the work in charge, arrived on the midnight train and were taken to the home of his mother who lives in Fredonia. The funeral occurred on Wednesday at 10:30 from the Methodist church at that place, conducted by Rev. R. D. Pool, burial in Fredonia cemetery.

Mr. Reynolds was born in Preble county, Ohio, May 5, 1870, but nearly all his life was spent in Fredonia, where he grew to manhood. For many years he has been connected with bridge work and was regarded as a very valuable man at the work. He had been with the March bridge company for two years and was very highly regarded by them for his efficiency. He was married September 5, 1895, to Mrs. Dora Brookman of Marshalltown, who survives him. They had no children, so the wife will be left disconsolate, indeed. They had only been in Peoria a few weeks, as they moved from place to place as his work called him, though they have never lived outside of Iowa and Illinois. He was the son of the late Chalmers Reynolds, who died in Fredonia, November 1, 1897. Besides his aged mother he leaves three sisters and three brothers. The sisters are Mrs. Ella Lewis, of Milan, Ill.; Mrs. Rebecca McIntyre, of Monmouth, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Roper, of Old Orchard, Maine. The three brothers, all married, are Adrian, Sheldon and Herschell.


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