Thomas B Reed

Thomas B Reed

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Death 1923 (aged 75–76)
Burial Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 14209703 · View Source
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August 9, 1923 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
Thomas Benton Reed, son of Perry and Martha Reed, was born in Missouri, on July 4, 1847 died in the Bartholomew County Hospital, Columbus, Indiana, July 25th 1923, aged 76 years and 21 days.
He was married to Eliza Mix on April 21st 1870. They traveled life’s rugged pathway happily together until February 1917 when Mrs. Reed passed into the Great Beyond. No children were ever born to Mr. and Mrs. Reed but they took into their home a nephew and niece namely. Dare Mix and Jessie Mix. The affections of Mr. and Mrs. Reed were as deeply centered in these children as if they had been of their own flesh and blood. It is doubtful if any children ever received any more from their own parents as these two received from their Uncle and Aunt. Dare Mix sought his fortune in the West when rather a young man but Jessie remained with her uncle and aunt, receiving her education in the Vernon High School. Afterwards she was united in married to Rev. Judson Morris of Indianapolis. Sorrow came suddenly to the heat of Mr. Reed when his niece Mrs. Jessie Morris on November 17 1922 passed to that land from whose “Bourne no traveler her return.”
The place next dearest to the heart of Mr. Reed’s home and family was Mt. Ina Lodge No. 73 I.O.O.F. Vernon, Indiana, of which he had been a member for 55 years and which he was serving as a member of its board of trustees at the time of his death. His last act as such officer was to arrange for the re-decoration of this Lodge Hall. It is to be regretted that he could not have lived to enjoy the results of his efforts in that undertaking. He was a member of Harvey Encampment No 53 I.O.O.F. for nearly 50 years and was its Scribe at the time of his death. He was also a member of Ida Rebekah Lodge No. 33 I.O.O.F. for many years.
He was a member of Rescue Lodge No. 26 Knights of Pythias for more than 49 years. There was probably no more ardent lodge man than Mr. Reed and none who came nearer living up to the precepts of their teachings than he. His religious belief was that of Universal Salvation to all who love, trust and obey Almighty God and at the same time treat those about him as he would have those treat him and to do unto others as he would wish them to do unto him. This belief he forcibly impressed on those about him and who know him. The principles of these were the standards by which he lived and are the most to be desired that can be imagined. He was engaged in the manufacturing business for about a half century in his home town and about thirty years before his death helped to organize the Reed & Rogers Manufacturing Company. He served as President of this concern until about three years ago when he and his worthy partner, George Rogers, Sr., decided to retire from active business and later sold their interest in said manufacturing plant. He was beloved by his employees because he lived up to the ideals of his life as above mentioned. In all his business ventures he was pleasant and successful. Many years prior to his death he was President of The First National Bank of Vernon Indiana. The value of his services to that institution can not be overestimated as no one can tell the far reaching affect and influence of a man like Mr. Reed when at the head of a business concern where honesty and square dealing must be its cardinal principles. The bank feels keenly and with great sorrow its loss in the death of their president.
At a meeting of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Vernon, Indiana, held on Tuesday, August 7th, 1923, the following resolutions on the death of its late president, Thomas B. Reed, were unanimously adopted:
The board of directors of this bank feels with great sorrow and regret of the death of Thomas B. Reed, its President. Long associated with us in the care and management of this long established business, his keen interest and untiring devotion to the business of this bank commanded the admiration and respect of all of us. He was courteous, agreeable and cultured gentleman and by his genial disposition and entertaining habits made friends with all with whom he came in contact. To his bereaved relatives and friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their loss, and be it Resolved; that this memorial be spread upon the records of this bank and a copy thereof transmitted to the relatives and friends of our deceased associate.
Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Vernon, Ind.
To eulogize such a good man seems unnecessary. His life and his life’s work is an open page before us. If we would all study it and try to emulate the example set by his acts and deeds would be for the uplifting of the thousands. Kind, truthful and always loyal to friends and especially to the town in which he lived are truths that can be written of only a very few. As a parting tribute we can only say, farewell.


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  • Created by: Linda Cardinal Erler
  • Added: 7 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14209703
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas B Reed (1847–1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14209703, citing Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Linda Cardinal Erler (contributor 46626264) .