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"Harvey M. Reed, enlisted December 4, 1861. [He was] wounded at Corinth, veteranized Dec. 6, 1863. Promoted to 2nd Corporal on Aug 1, 1864."
"Harvey M. Reed, an honored veteran of the Civil war, now living retired in Milo, Iowa, claims Indiana as his native state, his birth occuring in Lake county on the 6th of November, 1839. His father, Thomas Reed, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, December 31, 1812, and was a son of James and Mary (Stuart) Reed. The Reed family is of Irish origin, while the Stuarts were of Scots descent.
In early manhood Thomas Reed married Miss Maria Myrick, who was born on the coast of Maine, September 20, 1814, and was of Scotch and Welsh descent. Her ancestors were shipbuilders by trade but after coming west became agriculturalists. Our subject well remembers hearing his grandmother [Abigail Philbrook Myrick Pierce-AF] tell of the land being so poor in Maine that they had to fertilize with fish in order to raise a crop of corn and one can easily imagine how small their fields must have been.
"From his native state Thomas Reed removed to Ohio, making his home in Athens county for some time. In 1834 he became a resident of Lake county, Indiana, settling there when that locality was on the western frontier. His second son, Thomas V. Reed, was the first white child born in that county, James S., the oldest, being born in Ohio. The other children of the family were William B., Harvey M., Elias M., Louisa M., Elizabeth J., and Nancy A. and Cynthia M., all born in Lake county, Indiana, where the parents continued to make their home until 1853, when they brought their family to Iowa, traveling with two two-horse teams.
The father entered a tract of land in Palmyra township, Warren county, and continued to reside thereon until called to his final rest in 1890, at the age of seventy-eight years. After his death his widow made her home with their son Harvey until she, too, passed away in 1894, at the age of eighty years.
Both were earnest and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and were highly esteemed by all who knew them. Throughout life the father followed the occupation of farming and by his ballot he supported the democratic party.
"Harvey M. Reed began his education in the country schools of his native state but was not quite fourteen years of age when the family came to Iowa. At that time Warren county was but sparsely settled, the land was wild and uncultivated and school privileges were poor so that the children of the Reed household acquired but limited educations. The Indians had already left for the reservation farther west but wolves were quite numerous and made the night hideous by their howling round the house.
Thus amid pioneer surroundings Mr. Reed grew to manhood, becoming thoroughly familiar with farming in all its details as he aided his father in the cultivation and improvement of the home place.
"At Hartford, Warren county, he was married August 18, 1861, to Miss Ruth A. Proctor, who was born in Darke county, Indiana, on the 31st of August, 1843, a daughter of Joseph and Lucy Proctor. Four children blessed this union: Henry L., born July 1, 1862, married Olive Robertson; Ida V., born May 10, 1866, married Doran H. Goodale; Hulda E., born May 2, 1868, died on the 23d of the same month; and Carrie F., born May 16, 1869, married Thomas L. Long. The mother of these children died on the 27th of March, 1882, and Mr. Reed was again married, September 18, 1884, his second union being with Harriet E. Trotter, who was born in Washington county, Indiana, October 20, 1853, and is a daughter of Hamilton and Lucy Trotter.
By this marriage there are two sons: Thomas A., born October 8, 1885, and Harvey E., born November 20, 1888. Both are still at home.
"Feeling that his country needed his services during the dark days of the Civil war, Mr. Reed enlisted November 4, 1861, in Company G, Fifteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and after serving for two years reenlisted in the same company and regiment, November 6, 1863, for three years or during the war. He participated in a number of important engagements, including the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862; the siege and capture of Corinth; the battle of Iuka; and the battle of Corinth, October 3-4, 1862. His regiment belonged to what was known as Crocker's Iowa Brigade, Fourth Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, and he took part in all the engagements in which his command participated.
They aided in the capture of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, and remained in that vicinity during the following fall and winter, being there when he reenlisted. In March, 1864, he returned home on a veteran's furlough and at the end of thirty days rejoined his command. They were with Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign, participated in the capture of Atlanta and the march to the sea. From Savannah, they proceeded to Raleigh, North Carolina, and on through Richmond, Virginia, to Washington D.C., where they took part in the grand review with Sherman's Bummers, as his army was often called at that time.
The war having ended, Mr. Reed was honorably discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, July 24, 1865, and was mustered out with the rank of sergeant.
"Mr. Reed then rejoined his wife and three year old son in Warren county and with the money which he had saved from his pay as a private soldier, he purchased one hundred acres of wild brush land in Otter township, where he at once began to make a home for his family. He chopped, split and hauled rails to fence his land and as time passed made many other improvements until he had a well cultivated farm on which were good and substantial buildings. To his original purchase he added another one hundred acre tract, also forty acres, and twenty acres, making in all two hundred and sixty acres of valuable farming land.
He raised considerable stock, feeding both cattle and hogs for the eastern market and in his farming operations met with most exceptional and well deserved success. He purchased the eighty acre tract of land which his father had entered from the government on coming to this state but later sold this to his son Henry who now lives upon it.
In 1900 Mr. Reed bought ten acres of land in the town of Milo and has since practically lived retired, enjoying the fruits of his former toil. In 1880 he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has served as treasurer, vice grand and noble grand of his lodge. He has also affiliated with the Masonic order since 1897 and has been officially connected therewith, serving as junior warden, senior warden and worthy master. He attended the Grand Lodge at Sioux City, Iowa, in 1905; is a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs and is also connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Grand Army of the Republic.
In religious faith he is a Methodist and in politics he is an ardent republican, taking a deep interest in public affairs, as true to his duties of citizenship in days of peace as when he followed the old flag to victory on southern battlefields. For fifty-five years he has now been a resident of Warren county and it is safe to say that no one within its borders is held in higher esteem than Harvey M. Reed of Milo.
Farming was the trade of choice, and notations of sales include "Llewellyn Worthley to Harvey M. Reed, southwest quarter of the northeast quarter, Sec 28, T 75, R 23, -- 40 acres $240.", and showing his interest in his community, "H.M. Reed, [elected as] Trustee for Otter Twp., Warren Co., IA - Oct. 14, 1879."
"Milo G.A.R. Post 275. The G.A.R. was a national society of men who fought for the North in the Civil War. "Although most of the records of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) of Milo were destroyed in a fire around 1915, it is known that it was chartered February 2, 1884, mustered by J.H. Creighton, had 31 members chartered and a total of 98 at one time. It disbanded January 18, 1925 ... In 1917 nine of the veterans visited the high school and raised a new flag on the playground. They were ... Harve Reed ... A yellowed paper tells of one of the G.A.R.'s very first meetings in April of 1885 when they had a camp fire in Milo and the `bill of fare was army regulation style.' "
"Harvey M. Reed "Harvey Milton Reed, son of Thos. and Maria (Myrick) Reed, was born November 6th, 1839, and died at his home in Milo, Iowa, August 19, 1919, aged 79 years, 9 months, 13 days. He was born in Lake county, Indiana, and with his family came to Iowa in 1953, where they settled on a far and he grew to manhood. "At Hartford, Warren county, he was married August 13, 1861, to Miss Ruth A. Proctor. Four children blessed this union, Henry L., of Carlisle, Ida V,. wife of Doran J. Goodale, of Brown's Chapel, Hulda E., who died in infancy and Carrie F., wife of Thos. L. Long, of Indianola. The wife and mother died March 27th, 1882.
"Mr. Reed was again married Sept 18, 1884, to Miss Harriet E. Trotter, of Milo, Iowa, by his marriage there was two sons, Thos. A., of Des Moines and Harvey E., residing on the home farm in Otter township. He was a kind and affectionate husband, a loving and indulgent father and a kind and obliging neighbor. He was converted under A.E. Slothower's pastorate in 1889 and united with the M.E. church at Brown's Chapel and has lived a consistent christian ever since.
"Feeling that his country needed his service during the dark days of the civil war, Mr. Reed enlisted November 4, 1861, in Co. G, Fifteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and after serving for two years, re-enlisted in the same Co. and Reg. Nov. 6, 1863 for three yeas or during the war. He participated in a number of important engagements, including the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862; the siege and capture of Corinth; the battle of Iuka, and the battle of Corinth October 3rd and 4th, 1862. His regiment belonged to what was known as Crocker's Iowa Brigade, 4th division, seventeenth army corps, army of Tennessee and he took part in all the engagements in which his command participated. They aided in the capture of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, and remained in that vicinity during the following fall and winter, being there when he re-enlisted. In March, 1864, he returned home on a veteran's furlough and at the end of thirty days rejoined his command. They were with Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign, participated in the capture of Atlanta and the march to the sea. Fro Savannah they proceeded to Raleigh, North Carolina, and on through Richmond, Virginia, to Washington D.C., where they took part in the grand review with "Sherman's Bummers" as his army was often called at that time. The war having ended, Mr. Reed was honorably discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, July 24th, 1865, and was mustered out with the rank of sergeant.
"In 1880 he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has served as treasurer, vice grand and noble grand of his lodge. He had been affiliated with the Masonic order since 1897 and had been officially connected therewith, serving as junior warden, senior warden and worthy master. He attended the Grand Lodge at Sioux City, Iowa, in 1905, was a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekas; and was also connected with the Modern Woodman of American and the Grand Army of the Republic.
"He has been an intense sufferer in the past year. He realized he could not live and expressed his earnest desire to go and meet his Savior and the loved ones gone on before. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three sons, two daughters, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. C.C. Claytor, of Lacona, Iowa, three brothers, T.V., of Wichita, Kas., Wm. B. and Elias M. of Perry, Iowa, and a host of relatives and friends.
"For sixty-six years he has been a resident of Warren county and it is safe to say that no one within its borders, was held in higher esteem than Harvey M. Reed, of Milo.
"How beautiful to be with God.
"When earth is fading like a dream;
"And from its mist-encircled shore
"We launch upon the unknown stream
"No doubt, nor fear, no anxious care,
"But comforted by staff and rod;
"In the faith-brightened hour of death.
"How beautiful to be with God!
"Beyond the partings and the pains,
"Beyond the sighing and the tears,
"Oh beautiful to be with God,
"Through all the endless blessed years,
"To see his face, to hear his voice,
"And love him as the flowers love light,
"And serve him as immortals may.
"The funeral services were conducted by Dr. A.E. Slothower, of Des Moines, at the M.E. church at Milo. He was assisted by the Rev. Conrey of the M.E. church and by the Rev. Thomas, of the Christian Union church. The body was laid to rest in the Indianola cemetery by the I.O.O.F. and the Masons."
"Card of Thanks
"We wish to thank the neighbors and Masons., I.O.O.F, G.A.R. and friends for the kindess rendered us druing the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father, also for the beautiful funeral floral offering. /s/ Mrs. H.M. Reed and the children."
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