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James M. Reid was the son of William Reid & Catherine Eells
Osta Thompson was the daughter of Martin William Thompson & Evalina Jones

THE FAMILY OF JAMES MADISON REID & OSTA EMMER THOMPSON

James M. Reid & Osta Thompson

James M. Reid & Osta Thompson were married on December 25, 1884 in Gage Co., NE. They had 11 children. James M. Reid is listed in the 1885 Nebraska State Atlas as follows: "James M. Reed S. 5, Beatrice T., North; 120 a., pur. in 1878; est. val., $50 per a. Breeder Fine Horses, Duroc, Gold Dust, Black Hawk, Morgan. P.O. Beatrice". Based on birthplaces of their children, the family was in NE until 1893, but then was in Kansas from about 1894 to about 1899. They then returned to Nebraska, and are listed on the 1900 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. They moved to Saline Co., NE between 1900 to 1910, and are listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. They are on the 1930 census of DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. James M. Reid died on Jan.14, 1940 in DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Osta Thompson Reid died on Feb.13, 1950 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
Photo James & Osta (Thompson) Reid
50th Anniversary Photo James M Reid Family 1934
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The children of James M. & Osta Thompson:

1. Myrl ReidMyrl Alice Reid was born on August 27, 1885 in Hoag, Gage Co., NE. She is listed with her parents on the 1900 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Myrl married Larence Melvin Wilson in 1907, and they had 6 children. I have not found the family on the 1910 census at this time. The family is listed on the 1920 census of Blakely Twp., Gage Co., NE. In 1920 Edward Dolen is living with them - he is the widower of Mary Elizabeth Thompson, who was sister of Myrl's mother Osta Thompson. The family is listed on the 1930 census of Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. Larence's occupation is listed as farmer. Myrl Alice Reid Wilson died on July 12, 1968 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
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2. Hattie ReidHattie Plumma Reid was born on March 03, 1888 in Hoag, Gage Co., NE. She is listed with her parents on the 1900 census of Blakely, Gage Co., NE. Hattie married Joseph Wesley McArtor on December 18, 1907 and they had 4 children. They are listed on the 1910 census of Hanover Twp., Gage Co., NE. Some time between 1910 to 1920 the family moved from Gage Co., NE to Saline Co., NE. They are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Swan Creek, Saline Co., NE. Joseph's occupation was listed as farmer. Hattie Pluma Reid McArtor died on December 09, 1964 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Joseph & Hattie are both buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, DeWitt, Saline Co., NE.
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3. Flem ReidFleming Andrew Reid was born on December 10, 1889 in Hoag, Gage Co., NE. He is listed with his parents on the 1900 census in Blakely, Gage Co., NE and on the 1910 census of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Flem married Ada Phillips on June 06, 1914 and they had 2 sons. The family is listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Swanton, Swan Creek Pct, Saline Co., NE. Flem's occupation was listed as farmer. Fleming Andrew Reid died on December 19, 1964 in Cambridge, NE.
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4. Ray ReidRaymon Loyde Reid was born on September 14, 1891 in Hoag, Gage Co., NE. He is listed with his parents on the 1900 census in Blakely, Gage Co., NE and on the 1910 census of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Ray married Pearl Elsie Garrett on February 16, 1917, and they had 3 children. The family is listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Swan Creek Pct, Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Raymon's occupation was listed as farmer. Raymon Loyde Reid died on August 04, 1969 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. Raymon & Pearl are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, DeWitt, Saline Co., NE.
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5. Gearl ReidJames Gearl Reid was born on December 15, 1893 in NE. He is listed with his parents on the 1900 census in Blakely, Gage Co., NE and on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Gearl married Mildred Avis Thomas on February 15, 1921 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE and they had 4 children. Gearl served in the Navy in WWI. After the war he farmed in Saline Co., NE. The family is listed on the 1930 census of Swan Creek Pct, Swanton, Saline Co., NE. In 1938 the family moved to Gage Co., NE, and in 1944 they moved to Pharr, TX. James Gearl Reid died on April 17, 1964 in Alvin, Brazoria Co., Texas. At the time of his death he was visiting his daughter who lived there. Gearl & Mildred are buried in the Evergreen Home Cemetery, Beatrice, Gage Co., NE. Gearl's son Warren Reid has done a great deal of research on the Reid family history, and has written a book. Much of the information I have on the Reid's, Thompsons, Eels, etc, is from Warren's work.
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6. Ed ReidEdward Dolan Reid was born on December 02, 1895 in Republic Co., Kansas. He is listed with his parents on the 1900 census in Blakely, Gage Co., NE and on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Edward married Velma Carrie in 1926. He farmed his fathers farm until 1929 then moved to Denver to run a feed and fur pelt business and attended a barber school. Following a separation and divorce from Velma, Ed sold electrical appliances in a Cozad, Neb store. There is an Edward Reid, age 34 on the 1930 census of Omaha, Douglas Co., NE that may be him. This Edward was age 34, divorced, occupation Department Store salesman. At some point Edward moved to Lima, Ohio where he worked at the Elks Club, for a number of years prior to his retirement. Edward Dolan Reid died on January 11, 1972 in Wilbur, Saline Co., NE. He is buried in the Reid family plot. Oak Grove Cemetery, DeWitt, Neb., near his parents.
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7. Dale ReidDale Wallace Reid was born on August 03, 1898 in Republic Co., Kansas. He is listed with his parents on the 1900 census in Blakely, Gage Co., NE and on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. When Dale filled out his WWI Registration card on Sept. 12, 1918, he was age 20, and working as a self-employed farmer in Swanton, Saline, Nebraska. At that time he was 69" tall, medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair. Dale married Lauretta Ladner on Aug. 11, 1921, and they had 2 sons. The family is listed on the 1930 census of Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE with Dale's occupation listed as plumber. Dale owned and operated a home plumbing business for many years in Lincoln and Beatrice. During World War II, Dale worked for a service firm at the ammunition Depot, Hastings, NE., and for a second company at an Air Base near Alliance, NE. Dale Wallace Reid died on October 23, 1970 in Beatrice, Gage Co., NE.
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8. Evelyn ReidEvelyn Reid Reid was born on February 02, 1901 in Hoag, Gage Co., NE. She is listed with her parents on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. Evelyn married George Ezra Jewell on February 02, 1922 in Marysville, KS and they had 2 sons. They are listed on the 1930 census of Lincoln, Lancaster, NE. At that time Evelyn's sister Lucille was also living with them. George died on December 26, 1935; around that time Evelyn moved to DeWitt, Saline Co., NE where she worked in DeWitt for Carl Niemeyer Dry Good Store for many years. Evelyn Reid Jewell died on December 26, 1985 in Wilbur, Saline Co., NE.
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9. Ruth ReidRuth LaVerne Reid was born on May 20, 1903 in Swanton, Saline Co., NE. She is listed with her parents on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE, and on the 1930 census of DeWitt, Saline Co., NE. Ruth married Ira Preston Pfeifer on December 29, 1931 in DeWitt and they had 2 children. They divorced by 1944 when he remarried Eleanor Ring. Ruth was a schoolteacher in Swanton, Nebraska when she was young. She also worked for a federal agricultural department and Gold's Department store. Then she worked for Safeway for over 25 years. Ruth Reid Pfeifer died on December 10, 1979 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co. NE.
The Family of Ira P. Pfeifer & Ruth L. Reid
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10. Lucille ReidLucille Irene Reid was born on August 08, 1905 in NE. She is listed with her parents on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., NE. She is listed as "Lucille I. Reid, sister-in-law, age 24" on the 1930 census of Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE living in the household of George & Evelyn (Reid) Jewell. Lucille married Olin Thornberg sometime between 1930-1940. They divorced in 1941. Lucille was remarried to Morris Friedman on December 01, 1943. She did not have any children in either marriage that I am aware of. Lucille Irene Reid Friedman died on November 02, 1993 in Los Angeles Co., California. Morris & Lucille are buried in the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
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11. Esther ReidEsther Margarett Reid was born on March 05, 1909 in Nebraska. She is listed with her parents on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Swanton, Saline Co., Nebraska. Esther married Carroll Eugene Tussey on March 20, 1930 in DeWitt, Saline Co., Nebraska and they had 2 children. They are on the 1930 census of DeWitt, Nebraska. Carroll & Esther lived in Swanton & DeWitt, Nebraska until about 1949 when they moved to California to run a boarding house for students at Los Angeles College. They later had a restaurant there, and later enjoyed their retirement years in California. Carroll died in 1998. Esther Margarett Reid Tussey died on August 17, 2002 in Fremont, California.
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