from reprint of "Clarke County History," Lewis Pub., Chicago, 1886. p. 101.
LEVI REAM was born near Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1816. His father, Samuel Ream, was a farmer and also a blacksmith, and of German ancestry. His mother was Mary Ream before marriage although not related to her husband. They reared a family of twelve children, six boys and six girls. Levi remained upon the farm with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age, when he married Hila King, of Somerset County, and settled on the farm where he was born and which had belonged to his great-grandfather, Andrew Ream, before the Revolutionary war. His grandfather, John Ream, served as a soldier in that war.
On this farm Levi resided until 1868, then sold the old homestead for $25,000 and removed to Osceola Township, which was then the terminus of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Here he engaged in wagon-making for six months. He would often send freight for citizens many miles. He has made and sold over 200 wagons in one year, often shipping car loads everyday for months.
Two of his sons, John and N.B. dealt largely in cattle and hogs, but the price went down and they lost heavily. N.B. then settled up his business and went to Chicago, where he worked in the stock yards three years. He then went to dealing on the Board of Trade, and is now reported to be worth over $2,000,000. He and Armour gave each $500 to aid the police who suffered from the effect of the bomb thrown at the Haymarket meeting, May 4. John owns a good farm in what is now Long Creek Valley. C.K. Ream resides in Mclean County, Illinois, and Frank is at the Isthmus of Panama. Of the three daughters, Mary is the wife of Austin Ganelson, Ida married J. Mills and resides in Kansas, and Samantha is the wife of M.T. Johnson. Mrs. Ream died in March, 1864. Mr. Ream has been an extensive traveler, having visited twenty-nine States and Territories. He is nearly seventy years of age, and is hale and hearty. His father died at the age of eighty-eight, and his mother at eight-one, she being just seven years younger than her husband.
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