Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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     Frederick Reed (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 A. Walters (1849-1879). The family moved to Sherman township in the spring of 1873. They had eight children, Frances Susannah (1866-1902), Harry Ellsworth (1868-1869), Joseph Thomas (1870-1876), Rachel Jane (1872-1966), Sarah Elizabeth (1873-1898), Adam Adrian (1876-1948), Henrietta (1878-1878), and Ernest Edwin (1879-1968).

     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.

     In their second unions, they were blessed with five children, Mary Estella (Dolly) (1881-1883), Melvin Leroy (Dick) (1883-1930), Leona May (1885-1953), Grace Adell (1887-) and Emma (1891-1975).

     Frances married Frank Martz and J. C. Wilson. She was mother of one daughter, Hazel Pearl Martz (1893-1902).

    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.

    Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs. Wilbur Crowe)  was mother of Lilly, William, Maud and Merle.

    Adam married Nancy Erma Rush (1882-1966). They were parents of a son, George (1902-1909) and adopted son Paul Reed of Montrose, Colorado.

    Ed and Anna Barr were parents of George, Lester, Elva (Mrs. E. Carl Smith) and Lawrence. Ed's second marriage was with Mrs. Edna Kirchert.

    Charles E. Heath was married twice, to Mattie Hauser and Elsie Roseberry. They lived in Joplin, Missouri.    

    Thomas Wilfred Heath married May McClintic and they raised their family in Miami, Florida.

    See Melvin LeRoy Reed biography.

    Leona married William Isaac Kirby (1886-1976). They adopted a daughter, Lorena M. (Mrs. Delbert Peterson) (1916-1978).

    Grace 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.

    Emma married H. H. Van Nordstrand (1887-1949). They were parents of Vertice (1913-1955), Ross R. and Lucile D. (Mrs. Everett Oster).    

    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.




~Lucile Oster