R. H. REYNOLDS
Robert Henry Reynolds (1832, Flinn, Ind.) and Sallie Ann Flinn
(1835, Flinn, Ind.) came to Montgomery County, Iowa, in wagons in
1867. Their parents were Thomas (1796-1877) and Hannah McAllister
Reynolds (1804-1865); William and America Tatem Flinn.
R. H. with George Davis
built the mill near Stennett in 1868 of lumber hauled from Council
Bluffs with oxen at a cost of $8,000. It was 24x50 feet, three
stories high with turbine wheel and one run of bars. It was fraught
with disaster for James (2 years) drowned there and the mill burned.
In 1869 “Hen” bought the
home place 11/2 miles directly south of Elliott. At the time of his
death in Elliott he and Sallie owned 460 acres adjacent to
Elliott—193 of those acres are now owned and (with his sister,
Doris,) is occupied by Russell Kruse. They are R. H.’s
grandchildren. In 1880 Henry sold a right of way to the Red Oak &
Atlantic Railway Co.
Other direct descendants
of the couple still living in the area are Grethel Reynolds Petty
(great-granddaughter) and her son Bill—see Dean Petty story.
In 1892 Henry established
Reynolds & Sons Hardware in Elliott – sons Charles and Curt and
son-in-law Billy Kruse were his associates. It was located just east
of today’s lumber yard.
Henry and Sallie farmed
in Madison County after their marriage in Highpoint, Iowa. Eight of
their 11 children grew up – six born in Madison, five in Montgomery
Counties – William T. (1860-1929); George E. (1861-1876); Laura
(1863-1918) m. V. Martin; Iva (1865-1927) m. Billie Kruse; James
(1866-1868); Henry (1868-1922) m. Nellie Silkett; Flora (1870-1959)
m. Herman Kruse; Curtis (1873-1939) m. Ida Perley (see story
elsewhere this book); Cora (1874-1957) m. Charley Carson.
One of the first
livestock buyers in Elliott, R. H. had an avid interest in raising
Hereford cattle. In 1899 they moved to the home now occupied by the
Albert Eshelmans and in 1911 they died within three months of each
other—he at home and she at the home farm which they had left in
charge of the Herman Kruses. They were Church of Christ members.