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GEORGE C. REED, proprietor of a grocery and meat market at Greenview, as a member of the firm of Reed Brothers, was born in Menard county, April 9, 1860, and is a son of W. W. P. Reed, who is represented elsewhere in this work. In the public schools of the county George C. Reed acquired his education and in the usual manner of farmer lads he was reared, remaining at home until twenty-one years of age, when he started out in life on his own account. He worked as a farm hand for two years and then rented land and began farming on his own account. After two years, however, he removed to Greenview, where he turned his attention to the livery business, conducting his barn for about nine years. He then sold out and bought eight acres of land in Pike county, Illinois, and once more resumed farming, but after a year he returned to Greenview, where he established a livery barn, of which he was proprietor for a year. He then traded his farm for a stock of hardware in Keokuk, Iowa, and went to that city, but after two months he brought his stock of merchandise to Greenview, where thirty days later he sold it. He was next a partner in the general mercantile firm of Hatch, Alkire & Reed, with which he was associated for a year and a half, when he sold out and established his present store in connection with his brother, W. M. Reed. Under the firm style of Reed Brothers they are conducting a grocery and meat market and have a good trade, which they easily retain because of their honorable dealings and earnest desire to please their patrons.
On the 23d of August, 1891, Mr. Reed was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Fahay, a daughter of James and Mary Fahay, now of Petersburg. They have two children, Edith May, born May 15, 1894, and Ruth R., born June 25, 1895. In his political affiliation Mr. Reed is a Democrat and he has served on the town board for two terms. Fraternally he is connected with Loyalty lodge, No. 181, K.P. He has a wide acquaintance in the county which has always been his home and the fact that many of the stanchest friends are numbered among those who have known him from his boyhood days is an indication that his career has been worthy of public confidence and esteem.