Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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    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.


~ Grethel Petty