Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
CHARLES E. REEDER has cleared
a large real estate holding in Douglas county and is numbered among its
most prosperous men. He dwells about six miles north from Southside
where he has an estate of about two sections, all of which is fine fertile
crop producing land. Mr. Reeder devotes his attention to general
farming and stock raising and is a leader in this line. The cereals
are his main crop while in stock raising he gives most attention to raising
fine horses. He has an excellent Clyde stallion and a great many
other fine horses. Mr. Reeder has devoted his attention most industriously
to draft animals and the result is that he has large well formed animals
which command the highest price in the market.
Charles E. Reeder was born in Davis county,
Iowa on May 28, 1861. His father, William D. Reeder, married Miss
Phoebe A. Spencer, a native of Indiana and they both now reside at Wenatchee.
The father was born in Indiana and enlisted in the Third Iowa Cavalry,
under Captain Kuykendal and for three years was a valiant and faithful
soldier of the Union. Twice he received severe wounds and finally
received his honorable discharge, having the consciousness that he had
fought with a display of bravery for his country.
Our subject was educated in Davis county,
Iowa and in Nebraska and remained with his parents until he was twenty-one
years of age. At that time, he came west to Idaho and did railroad
work for a year, then a year was spent in Oregon, whence he came in 1884
to Yakima county, this state and remained for four years, tilling the soil.
It was 1888, that he came to Douglas county, settling on a pre-emption
of one hundred and sixty acres. Later, he took a quarter section
as a homestead and then added by purchase as stated above. Mr. Reeder
has the following brothers and sisters: George W., John C., Mrs. James
H. Crammer, Mrs. J. B. Volintine.
At Weston, Oregon, on May 20, 1883, Mr. Reeder
married Miss Mary L., daughter of Thomas U. and Emily G. Jones, (Crammer)
natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. Mrs. Reeder was born
in Holt county Missouri on October 21, 1858 and has the following brothers
and sisters, James H., John W., Isaac W., Simeon H. and Mrs. Amanda Gillespie.
The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Reeder, together with the dates of their
respective births are mentioned below, Charles A., born in Dayton, Washington,
June 14, 1884; William D., born in Yakima county, on August 19, 1887; Victor
H., born in this county on May 28, 1889; Phoebe E., born in this county
on March 20, 1891 and Stella, born in this county on June 13, 1893.
Mr. Reeder is a member of the A. O. U. W.
and of the Yoeman lodge, while he and his wife belong to the Methodist
church. In political matters our subject is entirely independent
and is well posted upon the issues and questions of the day.