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J.W. Reed, dealer in general merchandise, was born in Va. in 1847;moved to Harrison County, Ia., in 1868, and engaged in present business with P.J. Rudisell in 1875; became sole proprietor in 1877. He has been a member of the town council several years. During the war of the rebellion he served in the 43rd West Va. Bat., Mosby’s command. He was married in 1874 to Miss Low, of Atchinson County, Mo., who died in 1876, leaving one child, a daughter. He was again married in 1878 to Miss Williams, of Boone County, Ia. They have two children, daughters.