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George Canfield and Alfradella M. (Bush) Reed and F.W. Reed
Charles REED, M. D., of Fairfield, who for many years engaged in farming in Jefferson County, but is now living a retired life, is a self-made man in every respect, and it is with pleasure that we present to the readers of the 'Album' this brief sketch of his life, which is as follows. He was born in Portage County, Ohio, June 18, 1812.

In New Philadelphia, on the 3d of February, 1839, Dr. REED was joined in wedlock with Anna C. CANFIELD, who was born in that place, January 8, 1819, and is a daughter of George W. and Kittie A. (CLARK) CANFIELD.

To Mr. and Mrs. REED were born six children -- Charles J., who was married and died at the age of forty-four years, leaving two children, served some six years as Government Surveyor; Mary H. died at the age of nine years; George C., who is engaged in banking in Yuma, Col.; Frederick P. is a miller of Ashford, Neb.; Frank W. is engaged in the banking business with his brother George; and the Rev. Elmer E. is a minister in the Presbyterian Church. Both the Doctor and his wife are members of that church, and in politics he is now a Republican. He cast his first Presidential vote for the Whig candidate in 1836, and continued to support that party until its dissolution. The career of Dr. REED is in many ways worthy of emulation, especially the exercise of such characteristics as perseverance, energy and zeal, which have marked his entire life. He entered upon manhood with no capital; he made his own way through college; he began his business career without the aid of influential friends and, step by step, he climbed steadily upward until he has reached an enviable position in the esteem of his fellow-citizens. While engaged in the practice of medicine he was ever found in the front rank of his professional brethren, and as a farmer, he was distinguished by an energy and industry which made his home an object of interest and attractiveness to all passers-by.


In 1870 Richland County, Wisconsin Alfradilla M. Bush is 13, with parents Alfred H. 52 and Gudelia A. 37.  Sister Hattie C. 20, brother Charles R. 15, Sister Cora R. 11, and brother Frederick 3. (CORDELIA A. DeVOE Born at Houseville, N.Y. 1832  MARRIED JULY 1848 TO A.H. BUSH. Moved to Wis. in 1849 and to Neb. in 1872 Died Feb. 24, 1904 at Blooming, Oregon Buried at Naponee, Neb.)

The First Congregational Church of Naponee Nebraska history says - no dates - Officers and members were Deacons, T.G. Thomas, A.H. Bush, Mrs. T.G. Thomas, Mrs. E.S. Chappel, Mrs. George Reed,  Mr. and Mrs. J. Muzzy.

In 1885 Dawes County Nebraska, G.R. Reed is 34, Iowa, S.A. 28, Illinois,  daughter O.N. 7, John 5, F.W. son 3, and George newborn.  All kids were born in Iowa.

The 1885 census of Naponee has Alfred Bush, 66, Cordelia 53, Fred 18, Carl 14, and Maud 7.

In 1880 Harlan County, Nebraska Geo C. Reed, a surveyor,  is 32, Dillie M. 23, with Anna C. 2.

George C. Reed represented the 32nd District in the 1881 Nebraska legislature.

Georgianna Cordelia Reed -1877-1881 is buried in the same plot as her paternal grandparents, Dr. Charles and Anna/Ann Canfield Reed in Evergreen Cemetery, Jefferson County, Iowa.

When the Presbyterian church of Yuma was organized in 1887, George C. Reed was one of the three trustees.

On May 9th, 1887 George C. Reed, F.W. Reed (cashier) and L.K. Morris composed the banking firm of Reed Bros. & Co., at Yuma.  George C. was a member of the House in the General Assembly of 1889, and in 1890  became the receiver of the newly established land office at Akron.

1888 Holyoke "F.W. Reed, of the banking firm Reed Bros., Yuma Colo., was stopping at the Gordon House this week."

  George Reed - thanks to Sprout35

February 6, 1889 Representative Reed introduced legislation to establish the county of Webster.  He said that Washington County when set off two years prior did not contain as large a population or as much taxable property as the new county.  Webster would be 48 by 30 miles in area , with 800 or 900 voters and about $1,500,000 in property, leaving about $1,000,000 in the old county.

Mr. Eddy offered an amendment that Yuma be inserted for Webster as the name of the new county.  Mr. Eddy preferred the old Spanish and Indian names.  Webster's name was enshrined in history and the naming of a new county for him would not add to his fame.

Mr. Harris referred to the hard time the Eastern settlers had struggling with such names at Saguache, Huerfano and San Juan and other. 

To this Mr. Eddy responded that it was a matter of education and our Eastern friends would soon learn the pronunciation.

Mr. Harris suggested that there was such rivalry between the towns in that section the people of Wray and other places might move out if the new county were named Yuma.

Mr. Reed replied that the name of Yuma was not that odious.

The name was changed to Yuma and the bill reported back to the Committee on Revision that it do pass.


March 22, 1889

1889 Holyoke "Hon.  Geo. C. Reed, of Yuma, and his banking partner, L.K. Morris, of Holdrege, Neb., were in town Monday on business.   Mr. Reed's time was mostly taken up by postoffice aspirants.  The gentlemen were unfortunate in losing a horse soon after their arrival."

George represented Logan, Washington, and Weld counties in the General Assembly in 1889 and 1890 (Morgan, Sedgwick, Phillips, and Yuma Counties were not formed yet)

Sterling, Illinois November 1889 " W.C. Donichy, formerly of this neighborhood is crawling up the ladder of success. He is now assistant cashier in the Yuma bank, Colorado; all ,of which his friends will be glad to hear."

In 1890-1891 F.W. Reed was treasurer of the town of Yuma.

May 1892

Citizens Savings Bank; capital $50,000- incorporators Geo. C. Reed, of Akron; R.T. McGrew of Holdredge (sic), Neb.; J.E. Yerkes and W.C. Donichy, of Yuma; Fred W. Graves, Charlton Ellis, of Denver.

(In 1889 W. C. Donichy, H. Bostwick, B.F. Durham had purchased the Bank of Yuma from H. Bostwick, J.E. Yerkes, J.M Ferguson and W. G. Clark.)

In 1900 Denver George born May 1849 in Ohio, is a grocer, with Alfradilla April 1858 Wisconsin, and Charlie Nov 1882 Nebraska.

 In 1910 Harlan County, Nebraska, George is a surveyor, and he and Alfradillie have widowed son Charles 27 and his daughter Dorothea Mabel eleven months, born in Nebraska.

In 1920 Valley County Montana, George 71 and Alfredella 62 are alone.

  George and Alfradella - thanks to Sprout35

George died in Montana Nov 19, 1925 at age 77, recorded in Valley County.

In 1930 Della M. Reed, 72, widowed, is living in Franklin County, Nebraska with brother Frank C. Bush, 59, and Clara B. 46 and their three sons.

(Frank C. 1871-1949 and Clara 1883-1983 share a tombstone in the Naponee Cemetery.
In 1940 Alfredillie M. is 83, living with her nephew Arthur H. Reed, 53 and Elizabeth E. 50, farmers and  Doris E. 2, a waitress, in Valley County.  She said she was in Franklin County, Nebraska in 1935.

Alfredillie M. Reed died Jan 1, 1945 in Valley County.


Charles H. Reed 1882-1951  # 84550157  and Gertrude E. Reed 1882-1970 share a tombstone in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana.

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