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Reuben Clark ReedAge: 79 years18561936

Name
Reuben Clark Reed
Birth July 21, 1856 34 23
Death of a motherHarriet Steele
December 1, 1859 (Age 3 years)
Burial of a motherHarriet Steele
December 3, 1859 (Age 3 years)
MarriageElvaretta Marie “Etta” HowardView this family
February 14, 1878 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Howard Clark Reed
November 18, 1878 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Louisa Permelia “Loa” Reed
September 17, 1880 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Rex Allen Reed
February 22, 1883 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#4
Ray John Reed
December 30, 1885 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a son
#5
Ray John Reed
December 30, 1885 (Age 29 years)

Birth of a son
#6
Jay Kerr Reed
July 4, 1888 (Age 31 years)
Marriage of a childHoward Clark ReedLuella “Ella” WorthingtonView this family
March 18, 1908 (Age 51 years)
Death of a fatherLinus Reed
December 29, 1917 (Age 61 years)
Burial of a fatherLinus Reed
December 31, 1917 (Age 61 years)
Cemetery: Lakeview Cemetery
Death of a wifeElvaretta Marie “Etta” Howard
February 10, 1925 (Age 68 years)
Burial of a wifeElvaretta Marie “Etta” Howard
February 15, 1925 (Age 68 years)
Cemetery: Lakeview Cemetery
Eventyes

Note: In 1906, Reuben Clark Reed ran for governor of Michigan on the prohibition ticket and was narrowly defeated.
Death July 17, 1936 (Age 79 years)
Burial July 20, 1936 (3 days after death)
Cemetery: Lakeview Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
father
Linus Reed
Birth: October 1, 1821Freetown, Cortland County, New York
Death: December 29, 1917Howell Township, Livingston County, Michigan
mother
Marriage: December 18, 1853New York
3 years
himself
Family with Elvaretta Marie “Etta” Howard - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: February 14, 1878Hamburg Township, Livingston County, Michigan
9 months
son
22 months
daughter
2 years
son
3 years
son
3 years
son
Jay Kerr Reed
Birth: July 4, 1888 31 33Oceola Township, Livingston County, Michigan
Death: July 15, 1952Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan

Event

In 1906, Reuben Clark Reed ran for governor of Michigan on the prohibition ticket and was narrowly defeated.

Shared note

Reuben Clark Reed was born 21 July 1856 at Freetown, Cortland County, New York, the son of Linus Reed and his wife, Harriet Steele. His mother died during childbirth, when Reuben was just five years old. His father remarried and removed the family to Livingston County, Michigan in 1865. Reuben was a brilliant student and upon reaching adulthood, taught in the Livingston County Public Schools for several years. Reubens real love was the land, nature and animals. He enjoyed farming and soon gave up teach to pursue farming full time. He purchased a farm and applied his knowledge, becoming a very successful farmer. He purchased additional property and soon became one of the largest Holstein-Fresian farmer's in the state. Reuben had a keen sense for business and when he found a good sized cranberry marsh on his property, he began harvesting the cranberries and selling them at market. It seemed everything he touched turned into a good profit. He had a large strawberry field and sent them to market as well. His cattle, dairy products, and field crops proved profitable as well. Reuben was one of the leading livestock growers in the state, shipping and exporting his cattle to all parts of the world. He was president of the Michigan Holstein-Fresian Association, president of the Livingston County Grange, secretary of the Livingston County Breeders Association, and one of the founders of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, and holding the position of secretary of the MMPA for many years. Reuben ran for Governor of Michigan during the prohibition, barely losing to his opponent. Reuben married 14 February 1878 to Elvaretta ("Etta") Marie Howard, the daughter of John Howard and his wife, Louisa Caroline Placeway. Reuben and "Etta" as she was called, were the parents of five known children, including: Howard Clark, Louisa Permilia, Rex Allen, Ray John and Jay Kerr Reed. Reuben's family was very important to him and many large and happy family reunion were held at his "Fair Lawn Farm". Reuben was early identified with a Christian upbringing. In 1893 his church council (without his knowledge) commissioned him to preach and he became actively engaged in all types of religious works. Reuben and his family attended the Hardy Church near their home, then after moving to Howell, they attended the Methodist Episcopal Church. Reuben and his beloved wife, Etta, had a wonderful life together. They enjoyed traveling and on one of their vacations to Avon Park, Highland Co., Florida, Etta died suddenly on 10 February 1925. Reuben was completely heartbroken and brought her body back to Howell, Michigan, where she is buried in the Lake View Cemetery. Reuben died 17 July 1936 and is buried beside his wife.

Sources; 01.) Birth found in the family Bible of his father, Linus Reed. 02.) Marriage record found in the Livingston County, Michigan, Court Records Page 107, entry # 1594. Married in Methodist Episcopal Church by Rev. J. Kilpatrick. 03.) Death found in the Vital Records of Oakland County, Michigan. 04.) The 1880 Federal Census of Oceola Township, Livingston County, Michigan, page 243-b, line 29: R. Clark Reed, head of household, age 23, b. NY., farmer Elvaretta, wife, age 25, b. MI Howard C., son, age 1, b. MI 05.) The 1900 Federal Census of Oceola Township, Livingston County, Michigan, E.D. 77, Sht. 6, line 60: Reuben C. Reed, head of household, age 43, b. NY Elvaretta M., wife, age 45, b. MI Howard C., son, age 21, b. MI Louisa A., dau., age 18, b. MI Rex A. son, age 17, b. MI Ray J., son, age 14, b. MI J.K., son, age 11. b. MI 06.) The 1920 Federal Census of Howell Township, Livingston County, Michigan, Vol 6, ED 149, Sht 15 R. Clark Reed, head of household, age 63, b. NY., Secretary of the Milk Producers Association Etta M., wife, age 64, b. MI also living in the household; Rosina Mercer, age 72, b. MI., (aunt of Etta's). 07.) The 1930 Federal Census of Howell Township, Livingston County, Michigan, 2nd ward, page 181b, line 51: R. Clark Reed, head of household, age 72, b. MI, retired farmer, wid. 08.) The Howell Bicentennial History 1976, Livingston County, Michigan, 1st Edition, page 48 09.) Reed-Read Lineage, Captain John Reed of Providence, RI and Norwalk, CT., and His Descendants through his sons John and Thomas, 1660-1909 by Ella Reed Wright, pages 202-203. 10.) Pioneer Families of Southeastern Michigan by Helen F. Lewis, page 226

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