Elnora Ida Taft

18 June 1877–9 February 1952 (Age 74)
La Porte City, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States

The Life of Elnora Ida

When Elnora Ida Taft was born on 18 June 1877, in La Porte City, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States, her father, Cyrus Taft, was 35 and her mother, Nancy Ann Countryman, was 39. She married Frederick Jackson Reed on 8 December 1897, in La Porte City, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Dover Township, Pocahontas, Iowa, United States in 1910. She died on 9 February 1952, in Reynolds Township, Todd, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Osakis, Todd, Minnesota, United States.

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Frederick Jackson Reed
Elnora Ida Taft
Marriage: 8 December 1897
Cyril Sylvester Reed
Harold S. Reed
Wallace Earl Reed
Alma Itylene Reed
Mervel Cleon Reed

Spouse and Children

8 December 1897
La Porte City, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 7

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 21

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name or habitational name from a dialect variant of Old and Middle English toft ‘curtilage’, ‘site’, ‘homestead’, also applied to a low hillock where a homestead used to be. Compare Toft .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Ida Reed, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ida Reed in household of Frank C Reed, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ida Reed in household of Fred J Reed, "United States Census, 1910"

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