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Title: Henry L. Van Reed
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The honored subject of this sketch is one of the young and enthusiastic business men of Warren county, where he has maintained his home for many years. He is becoming identified with enterprises of considerable scope and importance and the name which he bears has been one which has stood for progressiveness and enterprise, while he is a scion of one of the honored old families of western Indiana. Owing to his business relations with the people of this locality, and so high is the confidence in which he is held, that it is imperative that he be accorded recognition in a publication of the province assigned to the one at hand.

Henry L. Van Reed, commonly known as "Bert" Reed, well known teaming contractor, was born December 20, 1872, in Lafayette, Indiana, and is the son of Byron and Alice (Waterbury) Van Reed. The father makes his home in Liberty township, Warren county, having formerly devoted his energies to carpentering and contracting. He was a young man when he went to Lafayette and engaged in the grain business, and there he engaged in merchandising for some time. He then came back to the farm, having spent his earlier years in farming. Later in life he turned his attention to contracting and is still active in his vocation.

Byron Van Reed is the son of Levi R. and Amelia (B-----) Van Reed, natives of Berks county, Pennsylvania, and farmers of that place, being very early settlers there, and they became large land owners, giving each of their children one hundred and sixty acres of land.

Henry L. Van Reed was the only child of his parents. He received a good education, and on January 21, 1891, was united in marriage with Bessie Blackwell, daughter of Samuel and Nancy E. Blackwell. Mrs. Van Reed's father came from Virginia when a young man and cast his lot with the people of western Indiana. He had married near Lexington, Virginia, and he and his wife became the parents of eleven children, named as follows: Pearl, Hugh, Minnie and Bessie (wife of Mr. Van Reed) were all born in Virginia; the following were born after the Blackwells settled in Indiana: Sallie, Ida, Herbert, Gloia, Elsie and Clarence.

One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Van Reed, Orval B., who is now eight years of age.

Fraternally, Mr. Van Reed belongs to the Knights of Pythias and the Royal Order of Moose. He is a Republican in politics, and he and his family attend and support the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Van Reed is carrying on a large business as teaming contractor and is well known throughout the county.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001114
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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