T. P. REED
REED, BLISS, MCFEE, COMERY
Posted By: Norma Nielson (email)
Date: 12/31/2004 at 13:54:54
T. P. Reed, who is engaged in farming one hundred and sixty acres of land in Richland township, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, October 22, 1869, a son of James and Demaris (Bliss) Reed, natives of Ohio and of Maine, but early residents of Union county, Iowa. Subsequently they removed to Taylor county, where the father passed away. The motherís demise occurred in Creston. They were the parents of thirteen children, four of whom are deceased.
T. P. Reed attended the public schools in his boyhood and youth and also assisted his father with the work of the home farm. When he was twenty-one years of age he assumed charge of the operation of part of the homestead but after four years removed to this county, purchasing the farm he still owns. It comprises one hundred and sixty acres on section 11, Richland township, and since taking up his residence thereon he has made many improvements. He follows general farming and his energy and progressiveness are rewarded by a large measure of success.
In 1892 Mr. Reed married Miss Elizabeth McFee, a native of Canada and a daughter of Alexander and Christina (Comery) McFee. Her father was born in Scotland, but when a child removed to Canada, where he remained until 1865. In that year he came to the States and located in Union county, Iowa. He died in Canada while there on business. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have become the parents of eight children: Grace; James, who is now living in Orient; Lloyd; Thomas; Greta, deceased; Thelma; Clara and Etha.
Mr. Reed gives his political support to the republican party and has served efficiently as school director and as road superintendent. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Greenfield, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. When Mr. Reed came to this county he was without capital, but he possessed a great deal of energy and determination and as the years have passed his resources have increased and he is now one of the well-to-do farmers of Richland township.
Source: "History of Adair County Iowa and its People," Volume II (Chicago, The Pioneer Publishing Company), 1915.
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