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Title: John Van Reed
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Through a residence of nearly sixty years in Warren county, John Van Reed, long one of the most progressive and careful tillers of the soil in Liberty township, and who, having accumulated a competency, is now spending his declining years in quiet and in the midst of plenty in his comfortable home in Liberty township, is a man who can be trusted at all times and places, one who has been honorable and successful in business, loyal to his duties of citizenship and faithful to his many friends. His career and the agricultural history of Liberty township have been very closely interwoven, therefore, as well for his long and prominent connection with the growth and prosperity of the community as for his sterling rectitude of character is his life record presented to the readers of this volume.

John Van Reed was born on May 29, 1853, in Liberty township, Warren county, Indiana, about two and a half miles west of Williamsport, on the old Van Reed farm, which was purchased from the government in 1832. His parents were Levi R. and Amelia (Bowman) Van Reed. The father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, made three trips to Indiana on horseback, bringing his wife with him on the last trip and settling in Warren county. Prior to coming to this state, however, he had lived in the state of Mississippi for a short period.

John Van Reed secured his elementary education in the common schools of his neighborhood, supplementing this study at Stockwell and Lafayette schools. During the interims between school terms he had applied himself to the work of the farm and before he had attained his majority he was, because of the death of his father, compelled to take upon himself the management and operation of the home farm. He is now the owner of two hundred and seventy acres of as fine land as can be found in this part of Warren county. To the operation of this farm Mr. Van Reed gives his entire attention and he has met with a success fully commensurate with the labor bestowed. The place is well improved in every respect and bears abundant evidence of the careful and painstaking habits of the owner. In addition to the cultivation of the soil, some live stock is raised, and twentieth-century methods are employed in the conduct of the farm.

In 1875 Mr. Van Reed was united in marriage to Zuillah Burr, the daughter of Nelson Burr, of an old Eastern family. To Mr. and Mrs. Van Reed have been born two children, namely: Eugene N., who married Pearl Cavalt, and they have four children, Lucile, Louis, Marquerite and John E.; Earl married Julia Gilliett. Eugene possesses unusual musical talent and has composed much good music. He is also one of the best penmen in the United States, being now engaged as a teacher in that art. Earl graduated from the Attica public schools and the State Normal School at Terre Haute, after which he took a full course in medicine in the Indiana Medical College at Indianapolis, and he is now a successful practicing physician at Lafayette. He belongs to the state and county medical societies and is now serving as coroner of Tippecanoe county.

Politically, Mr. Van Reed is a Republican and is now a member of the county board of commissioners. He has served efficiently on the county central committee of his party, representing the West Liberty precinct.

Fraternally, Mr. Van Reed is a member of the Knights of Pythias and endeavors to exemplify in his daily life the sublime principles of that splendid order. Religiously, the family are identified with the Presbyterian church. The Van Reed home is an attractive one and is known to the many friends of the family as a place of old-time hospitality.

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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: 00001142
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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