Oliver E. Reed

CLAY COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
vfcrook@earthlink.net
July 22, 2000
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 516-517
Clay

OLIVER E. REED is one of the popular young native sons
of Clay County, and resides at its judicial center, where
he is giving effective service as deputy county clerk. On
his father’s farm in this county Mr. Reed was born April
2, 1897, a son of Levi J. and Martha E. (Walker) Reed,
the former of whom was born in Calhoun County, this state,
February 22, 1863, and the latter of whom was born in
Clay County, in 1868, her death having here occurred in
1903. The father still resides upon the homestead farm
on which he and his wife established themselves within a
short time after their marriage, and he is one of the sub-
stantial and honored citizens of Clay County. Of their five
children three survive the mother, and of the number the
subject of this review is the youngest, he having been but
six years of age at the time of his mother’s death; William
C. is a resident of the State of Iowa, where he is telegraph
operator and train dispatcher in the service of the Illinois
Central Railroad; and Frederick W., who graduated from
Marshall College and also from the University of West Vir-
ginia, is, in 1922, a student in the Western Reserve Medical
College at Cleveland, Ohio. For his second wife the father
married Adora Steorts, and the children of this union are
four in number: Nina, Luther, Earl and Helen.

Reared on the home farm and afforded the advantages of
the public schools, including the high school at Clay, Oliver
E. Reed thereafter completed a commercial course in the
Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg. For two
years thereafter he was identified with the general mer-
chandise business in the Village of Procious, Clay County,
and on the 1st of January, 1921, he assumed his present
official position, that of deputy county clerk. He is a re-
publican, is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of Amer-
ica, he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist
Episcopal Church, and he is a stockholder in the Elk Elec-
tric Light & Power Company at Clay.

In 1917 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Reed and
Miss Ella Strickland, and they have three children: Eu-
gene, Garnett and Warren E., a merry trio of boys who
add vitality and joy to the attractive home circle.