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Almond Frank Reed


Posted By: Madison County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/30/2015 at 13:45:20

Almond Frank Reed “Frank” was born in the Clanton Valley of Walnut township, Section 10, Peru, Madison County, Iowa, October 14, 1894, the first child of Austin B. Reed (1852-1918) and his second wife, Altha Mae Beardsley (1871-1946). Frank grew to adulthood in Walnut Township and attended the school at Peru.

Frank had two younger brothers; Thee Edwin “Eddie” Reed (1896-1972), served in Germany during World War I; married Miss Dorothy E. Reel, December 2, 1925; lived at Perry, Iowa; Robert Leo “Bob” Reed, born August 23, 1909, married Myrtle B. Smith, September 22, 1930. Frank also had a half-sister, Alma Ellen Reed (1875-1961), from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who became the second wife of Grant L. Beem, November 9, 1898.

Frank farmed and worked in the Peru Rock Quarry until he answered his call to serve in the Army of World War I; he was inducted May 27, 1918, training at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. He was a member of Company E, 349th Infantry, 88th Four Leaf Clover Division, 2nd Battalion, until May 30, 1919. He sailed to Brest, France, August 8, 1918, aboard ship “Olympic”; and returned aboard ship “Riaandam”. He was mustered out Jun 11, 1919.

Following Army service, Frank continued farming and working for the Chicago Great Western Railroad during 1923-1924. He was married at St. Charles, Iowa, February 21, 1925, to Mary Vesta Leinard, daughter of Ernest R. and Rosa A. (Husted) Leinard, of Lincoln Township, Madison, Iowa.

After marriage, they farmed near Peru for seventeen years before moving to Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri, in 1942, where they farmed for twenty-two years. Frank worked for a short time for M.F.A. Milling Company, and for Frisco Railroad Freight Dock. He also worked several years as a meat cutter, and as a carpenter.

After selling their farm and retiring to a small acreage in 1964, Frank enjoyed gardening, fishing and bee keeping. He passed away at Springfield, Missouri on May 13, 1982 after a lengthy illness.

His wife, Mary Vesta, survived him for another 10 years, passing away at Bolivar, Missouri April 28, 1992. The treasures that she will be long remembered by are her beautiful quilts and afghans.

Authored by Robert Leo “Bob” Reed and Myrtle Berniece (Smith) Reed


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