Location: Liberty Nebraska

Biography of Fred W. Reed

Fred W. Reed is publisher and proprietor of the Beattie Eagle, a paper of independent proclivities, issued weekly and with a large circulation and influence in Marshall and surrounding counties. The Eagle is a continuation of the North Star, founded at Beattie in 1884 by A. J. Tucker. In 1885 the name was changed to the Star, with W. W. Brooks as editor. In 1891 the name was changed to Williamson’s Beattie Eagle, and in 1894 was shortened to Beattle Eagle. In 1902 it absorbed the Beattie Palladium, which had been founded in 1898 by J. M. Kendall. Mr. Reed had been the active proprietor of this paper since 1913. He was born at Liberty, Nebraska, October 6, 1884. His ancestry, the Reeds, were Hollanders originally and in Colonial times came to America and located in New York. His father, John Heary Reed, was born at Momence, Illinois, in 1851, was reared there and took up the trade of carpenter. As an employe of the Rock Island Railway Company he came to Kansas in 1880, locating for a time in Marysville. In 1883 he removed to Nehraska, continuing his trade, but for the past eighteen years his work had been in Kansas, at Wichita and other places. He is a dembcrat, and for several terms served on the council at Liberty, Nebraska. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church....

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Biography of J. Bruce Dick

J. Bruce Dick is a banker by profession, but during his career of thirty-two years had made a record of creditable performance in several lines of work, farming as well as commercial endeavors. He is now cashier of the Labette State Bank at Labette. He is of Irish ancestry. His grandfather was born near Belfast, Ireland, was married in his native country and then brought his family to America, following his trade as mechanic in Philadelphia, and from there moving to Hanover, Illinois, where he spent the rest of his days as a farmer. His children were: Robert, a retired farmer at Hanover, Illinois; Amanda May, wife of a farmer at Hanover, Illinois; W. H. Dick; John, who served as a soldier of the Union army during the Civil War and died at Ottawa, Kansas, in 1916, a retired farmer; Ann, who died at Hanover, Illinois, in 1916, is survived by her husband, Mr. Speer, who is still living there. W. H. Dick, father of the Labette banker, is now living at Webber, Kansas, and had had a long and active career as a farmer in several states. He was born at Hanover, Illinois, August 17, 1849, grew up and married there, and left his farm to go out to Nebraska about 1879. He was an early settler in that state, and after living some months at Pawnee City...

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