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REYNOLDS-Another of the few surviving Pioneers has been taken to his last abode.
James Riley Reynolds was born in Ripley, Brown county, Ohio Dec. 17, 1820. He came with
his parents to the west in 1831 an they located in Danville, Ill. Not satisfied here they
crossed the father of waters and located in Cedar county and later went to Linn county and
from there went to Davenport and in the spring of 1845 they journeyed north to the place
of the old homestead three miles southeast of Maquoketa where he entered a half section or
more of land from the government, parts of which he later deeded to parents and brothers.
In company with others in 1849 he went to California across the plains, practically making
the journey on foot driving the cattle which took six months and eleven days. He mined on
the Arizona and Yuba rivers with success. In January 1853, he returned to Iowa and on
December 15, the same year he was happily married to Miss Susan Gordon, who came from
Huron county, Ohio. They located on the home he had pre-empted, where he lived until he
came to M!
aquoketa to reside. This union was blessed with four sons and two daughters of whom
Davis, Lyman and Charles, all of Maquoketa, and Mrs. Grace Spencer of Davenport and Mrs.
Nettie Schultz of East Moline, who together with the aged mother mourn the loss of a
loving and indulgent husband and father.
He came to Maquoketa in the Fall of 1887 to live a retired life and enjoy the comforts of
city residence. His energetic and vigorous constitution would not permit him to sit down
in leisure but he had his team and cows to look after which was a great pleasure as well
as diversion to him. On Friday, March 6th, 1903, he was take seriously ill with a severe
attack of pneumonia which baffled the doctor's skill. On the following Thursday, March
12th, he passed peacefully away, surrounded by his wife, children and all the
grandchildren but one. He was the last of thirteen children to be taken to the realm of
"Uncle Riley", as he was familiarly called, was a good neighbor, a genial kind
hearted man who had scarcely an enemy in the world and was indulgent to family and
Funeral services were held from the home on South Main street on Sunday March 15th, at 2
p.m., when a very large concourse of relatives, friends and aquaintances gathered to pay
their last earthly tribute to a departed friend and sympathy to the living. Burial in the
old family plot in Mt. Hope cemetery, Rev. D.F. Bommershine officiating.
This is the obit. verbatem, from the clipping I have. My great grandmother kept a scrap
book of clippings which span the years of 1875-1930. They lived in the Maquoketa area all
their lives and the Reynolds family farm was about a half a mile north of our family farm,
so I am sure they were close aquaintances of the Reynolds family. The scrap book is mainly
obits., weddings and local odds and ends. Hope this information is helpful.
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