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Henry G. Reed

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Henry G. Reed

Posted: 13 Jul 2005 8:49AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Reed, Stevens
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 680-681

This gentleman, to a review of whose life these lines are devoted, was born October 4, 1840, near the town of Kent, Portage county, Ohio. The first four years succeeding his birth were spent at his home in the vicinity of the above named place, and he was then taken by his parents to the county of Monroe, where he lived until 1850. In that year he came to Allen county, Indiana, grew to manhood on a farm, attending at intervals during his minority the district schools and obtaining a fair knowledge of the branches therein taught. In June, 1862, he entered the army, enlisting in Company D, Ninth Indiana Cavalry, with which he shared the fortunes and vicissitudes of war until his discharge from the service in December of the year following.

During his military experience Mr. Reed took part in a number of engagements and long marches, one of the latter being of forty-one days' duration in pursuit of the rebel general, John Morgan. By reason of ill health, contracted through hardship and exposure, he was compelled to take hospital treatment at Glasgow, and later in Louisville, Kentucky, and Madison, Indiana, the condition of his disability being such as to necessitate a confinement covering a period of six months. On account of the long standing of his illness he was finally discharged, after which he returned to Allen county and resumed farming.

Mr. Reed continued to reside in that part of the state until 1886, at which time he removed to the county of Decatur, where he made his home during the two years ensuing. In 1888 he became a citizen of Huntington county, locating in Union township purchasing the farm upon which he has since resided.

Mr. Reed's farm consists of eighty acres of well-improved land, supplied with the latest agricultural appliances, and producing as much under his skillful management as any similar area within the limits of the township. As a tiller of the soil Mr. Reed thoroughly understands how to obtain the best results, and his success has been such as to provide himself and family a comfortable competence. He occupies a commendable standing in his neighborhood and is highly regarded as a citizen, having at heart the best interests of the community.

In politics a Democrat, believing his party's principles to be for the good of the country, he has never been a partisan in the sense of seeking office, and in local affairs generally votes for the candidates having the best qualifications for the positions to which they aspire.

Mr. Reed has a family of two children, George T. and Ella. His wife, a most estimable lady, known and respected by a large circles (sic) of friends in her neighborhood and elsewhere, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Stevens. Mr. Reed is a member of the Christian church, belonging to the congregation worshiping at Uniontown, Wells county.

Mr. Reed lost his wife by death in 1899. His son, George T. Reed, an intellectual and enterprising young man, is now married, lives with his father and assists in conducting the homestead.

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