Stillwater Valley News
August 25, 1927
Alonzo C. Reed
At the first touch of Autumn, when the early frosts were turning all nature's greens to golden browns, upon the last day of September, 1870, on a farm near Circle Hill, Alonzo C. Reed was born. He was one of four children -- two sons and two daughters, who came to bless the home of William and Lucinda Reed. He received his education in the schools of Newton township, and continued his studies at a higher institution of learning at Ada, Ohio, where he was privileged to sit as a pupil at the feet of Senator Simeon D. Fess, and as a classmate of Senator Frank B. Willis. He chose as his life's work the profession of Civil Engineering, and was able to use his talents in that direction in behalf of his country during the Spanish-American War, as a member of Company C, Second Regiment, Second Battalion, U. S. Volunteer Engineers from which he was discharged with honor at the close of that war. As a civilian he furnished the plans and did the surveying for the Pleasant Hill Water Works and the Pleasant Hill Sewer Co. both systems, which stand today as a monument to his untiring energy in civil affairs. Except for the period that he served in the war, and a short time which he served as County Engineer in Taylorsville, Ind., he has lived among us lending his influence and giving of his talent to the community in which he was born. On June 6, 1900, he was united in marriage to Anna Goss, at Dayton, Ohio, and to this union was born one son, Forrest Emerson Reed, who together with his step-sister, Mrs. Edward Jay, enjoyed his parental devotion. Death broke the family circle when he lost his companion on September 27, 1909. In 1911 he was united in marriage to Ella Dawkins, who has shared the later years of his life, and who has been unusually devoted to him during the last six years of his illness, doing everything within her power for his care and comfort. During the ministry of Rev. S. Lowman, Mr. Reed united with the Brethren Church and served as Treasurer until his affliction forced him to relinquish the position. And his declining years found him energetic in the affairs of the church of his choice. He was also a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics. Gradually as the days, the months........remainder of the page is cut off
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