Friday, January 17, 2014

Glenn Reeder (1890-1965) "52 Ancestors"

Well, this is my third post in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from Amy Johnson Crow. Can you believe that I made it three weeks in a row?

This week's post is on my wife's great grand uncle Glenn Reeder. Glenn is the grandson of Corydon Reeder (~1823-??), and son of Sylvester Perry Reeder (1855-1933) and Ella Millicent Faul (1860-1901). Ella was the daughter of Edward Faul who I wrote about previously. Glenn was the middle of five children. His siblings were Chester C (1887-1904), Leslie Edward (1888-1949), Mabel Eleanor (1893-1979), and Ethel S (1896-1926). Glenn was born on 20 March 1890 in Greenville, Washington County, Oregon. Glenn's family was living on a farm in Greenville during the 1900 census. The family owned the farm free of a mortgage. His mother Ella died on 1 February 1901 leaving Sylvester to care for the five children. Tragedy struck the family again on 12 February 1904 when his brother Chester died at the age of 17. Ella and Chester are both buried at Hillside Cemetery in Forest Grove, Washington County, Florida.

In 1910 Glenn's father, and sisters Mabel and Ethel were living in West Bertha, Multnomah County, Oregon. His father was retired and Mabel was working in an overall factory. Glenn and his brother Leslie were on the road as circular distributors and were listed as lodgers in the home of John F Turnpin in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Mr. Turnpin was the proprietor of a shooting gallery.

Glenn enlisted in the military on 28 April 1911. He was a member of the US Marine Corps, Company A, 37th Company, Marine Detachment, American Legation Guard. Between April and June of 1911 he was stationed at the Marine barracks on Mare Island, California. In July he was transferred to the 1st Brigade Marines and was transported to Manila, Philippines Islands via USAT Sherman arriving there in August. He was then sent to the detention camp at Canesse, Philippine Islands and later to Olongapo, Philippine Islands. By October he had been stationed in Peking, China where he was located for about 5 months. In March of 1914 he made several trips between China and the Philippines aboard USNA Abarenda and by the end of March he was back in the Marine barracks at the Naval Station in Cavite, Philippines. All members of this detachment were transferred to the Naval Yard, Mare Island, California aboard the USAT Thomas in April and arrived back in the states in May. Once Glenn arrived back in the US he was transferred to the Marine barracks at the Naval Yard in Puget Sound, Washington where he was assigned to the Western Recruiting Division until August 1914. In August he was reassigned to Puget Sound where he remained until he was discharged on 27 April 1915. He had an "Excellent" rating and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Glenn's veterans gravesite records lists him as a veteran of World War I, having served as a Sargent in the US Army. I don't have any Army records for Glenn, so I am wondering if he reenlisted in the Army after he was discharged from the Marines.

I haven't been able to find Glenn in the 1920 census but in 1930 Glenn is living on Pleasant View Avenue in Sycamore Precinct, Multnomah County, Oregon. His occupation is listed as a timber feller for a logging company. In 1935 he was living in Milwaukee, Clackamas County, Oregon and in 1940 he was living at Headquarters Camp Road #2, Elocham Election Precinct, Wahkiakum County, Washington. He was working as a timber feller for C. H. P. Company and had an annual income of $1500 a year. In 1942, when Glenn Registered for the WW II draft, he was back in Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Oregon with his brother Leslie. He was working for Jeff Woodward from West Kelso, Washington. Glenn was listed as being 5' 11" tall, weighing 175 pounds, with gray eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.

Glenn never married. He died on 13 May 1965, at the age of 75, near where he was born in Washington County, Oregon. He is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Section F, Site 3679, in Portland, Oregon.

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