MELVIN LEROY REED
Melvin LeRoy Reed 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 married.
children were: two sons who died early in infancy; Merle Elton Reed
born 2 Feb. 1911; Ronald Redell Reed born 26 Nov. 1913.
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.