(1841-1923) was born in Ohio and came to Union Co., Iowa with his parents
and family in 1855. He enlisted in the 17th Iowa Infantry Regiment
(1862-1865). After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Union
Co. and married Mary Ann Walters (1849-1879). The family moved to Sherman
township in the spring of 1873.
They were the parents
of eight children.
Susannah (1866-1902) married Frank Martz and J. C. Wilson. She
was mother of one daughter, Hazel Pearl Martz (1893-1902).
2) Harry Ellsworth
3) Joseph Thomas
4) Rachel Jane
married Alfred Ireland (1865-1895). They were parents of Anna
Estella (Mrs. Edgar Kirby) and Fred Edwin Ireland (1894-1966). After
Mr. Ireland's accidental death, she married Thomas H. Wilson
(1877-1965) and they had four sons, Cleo, Leland, Glendon and Clair.
5) Sarah Elizabeth
(1873-1898) (Mrs. Wilbur Crowe) was mother of Lilly, William, Maud
6) Adam Adrian
(1876-1948) married Nancy Erma Rush (1882-1966). They were parents
of a son, George (1902-1909) and adopted son Paul Reed of Montrose,
8) Ernest Edwin
(1879-1968) and Anna Barr were parents of George, Lester, Elva (Mrs.
E. Carl Smith) and Lawrence. Ed's second marriage was with Mrs. Edna
Fred Reed and
Sarah Angeline Eastes-Heath were united in marriage in 1880 at Red Oak,
Iowa. She was the widowed mother of two sons, Charles E. and Thomas
Wilfred Heath, Jr.
1) Charles E. Heath was married twice, to Mattie Hauser and Elsie
Roseberry. They lived in Joplin, Missouri.
2) Thomas Wilfred Heath married May McClintic and they raised their
family in Miami, Florida.
In their second unions, they
were blessed with five children:
1) Mary Estella
2) Melvin LeRoy
was born 1 Feb. 1883 on a farm near Elliott, Iowa; the son of
Frederick Reed and Sarah Angeline Eastes. He attended school but
only through the eighth grade. He married Grace Mabel Goltry,
daughter of Edwin Lewis Goltry and Emma Adair Duff, on 20 Feb. 1907.
Grace graduated from High School and attended Simpson College at
Indianola, Iowa for a period of time. She taught school before being
Their children were: two
sons who died early in infancy; Merle Elton Reed born 2 Feb. 1911;
Ronald Redell Reed born 26 Nov. 1913.
Melvin was always known
in local circles as "Dick" Reed and many did not know who you were
talking about if you mentioned M. L. Reed. It was said that it was a
nickname that he gave himself when a young boy. "Dick" lived most of
his life as a farmer in the Elliott area. In 1918, when he was
planning to buy a farm near Bedford, his father sold him 120 acres
of the "home" place, retaining 40 acres for himself. Except for a
winter in California, this is where he lived until he moved off the
farm because of ill health, in 1925. He acquired an insurance
business and moved into Elliott.
He died at his home in
Elliott, Iowa on 31 July 1930 from stomach cancer and was buried in
Waveland Cemetery near Elliott. Grace survived him by many years and
died on 28 July 1971 at the California Christian Home in Rosemead,
California. Burial was also in Waveland Cemetery.
3) Leona May
(1885-1953) married William Isaac Kirby (1886-1976). They adopted a
daughter, Lorena M. (Mrs. Delbert Peterson) (1916-1978).
4) Grace Adell
(1887-) married C. E. Van Nordstrand (1882-1959). They had two
daughters, Verle (Mrs. M. E. Landress) and Verda (Mrs. Fred Luithle).
After Mr. Van Nordstrand's death, she married George Arthur
Gilbertson (1885-1973). She now lives in Portland, Oregon.
(1891-1975) married H. H. Van Nordstrand (1887-1949). They were
parents of Vertice (1913-1955), Ross R. and Lucile D. (Mrs. Everett
Mr. Reed was a large
landowner around Elliott. In 1901 he gave 80 acres of land to each of his
children, retaining possession until they attained the age of 21 years.
The Century farm, 1 1/2 miles west and 1 1/4 miles south of Elliott where
the Everett Oster family now reside is the only original 80 acre parcel of
land that was given to a child, and still remains in the family. Mr. Reed
built this farm house in 1879. In 1900, when the family moved one mile
west of Elliott, he built another house, using similar plans.
Fred Reed was one of the first stockholders in the First National Bank of
Elliott and a trustee of the Church of Christ for many years. He was noted
for his help in the construction of the present building.