D. C. & D. P. REYNOLDS
Married in 1879, Daniel Curtis Reynolds and Ida May Perley were
parents of one son, Dene Perley (1897-1962).
Curt (1873-1939) was the
son of R. H. and Sallie Reynolds and Ida’s parents were J. Corliss
and Hattie Perley (these stories are elsewhere in this book).
At the age of 19 Curt
became associated with his father in the hardware business and was
in that line of work in Elliott and Shenandoah until 1929 with the
exception of five years (1915-1920) in the grain and coal business
in Elliott, the elevator now owned by Murren Grain Co., Inc.
The first telephone
switchboard in Elliott was in Reynolds & Sons Hardware and Curt
helped build the first rural lines. When the switchboard became too
large for the store, Ida took over its operation in the house which
the John (Pat) Lewises recently vacated.
Curt was the first in
Elliott to own an automobile—a 1901 Brush. He and Ida built the home
which is now the Church of Christ parsonage in 1910 and after her
retirement as “Central”, she intensified her avid interest in clubs,
lodges and church work. She was a member of Research and Embroidery
clubs, Order of Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors of America among
several others. In 1913-1915 she was the first Worthy Matron of the
Elliott Chapter of O. E. S. She was the first president of
Shenandoah American Legion Auxiliary and became a District Deputy of
RNA and sold insurance in that fraternal organization for the rest
of her life. Born in 1876, she died at the wheel of her car in 1950.
For many years Curt was a
member of the Church of Christ board and Ida sponsored Christian
Endeavor for the young people.
In 1931 they moved to the
Perley family farm for their remaining years.
Dene served in the US
Army during World War I, mostly at Honolulu and April 3, 1919
married his schooldays sweetheart, Winifred M. Moore. They became
the parents of their only child, Grethel Arlene, March 18, 1920.
Dene was associated with
his parents in the hardware and grain businesses and joined them on
the farm in 1935. Winifred had died of complications from a long
siege with diabetes in 1930 at the age of 32. Grethel married Dean
Petty and their story appears elsewhere.
Curt and Dene were both
Masons and Curt was a member of Modern Woodman of the World. Dene
was an American Legionnaire and adjutant of the Shenandoah post.