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    William A. Reed. Two generations of the Reed family have been, engaged in the time-honored business of carriage painting at Covington, the present representative here being William A. Reed, a citizen of substantial worth and standing. Mr. Reed was born at Piqua, Ohio, January 26, 1873, a son of Elijah C. and Agnes B. (Croger) Reed. His father, a native of Cuyahoga county, Ohio, early adopted the vocation mentioned, which he followed from 1878 forward until the close of his active and honorable career , and was widely known in the vicinity of Piqua and Covington. He was a business man whose straight forward dealing won him confidence and esteem and a citizen who contributed in various ways to the development of the communities in which he resided. There were seven children in the family: William A.; H. C., who is deceased; Walter C., the proprietor of a carriage painting business at Piqua; Hon. Bert A., a member of the probate bench in Idaho; Clifford, who is identified with a ranching enterprise in Montana; Lewis, who is deceased, and Florence, a resident of Columbus, Ohio. William A. Reed obtained his education in the public schools of Piqua, after leaving which he entered the establishment of his father, under whose teaching be learned the carriage business, later turning to automobile trimming and painting. He, remained with the elder man as the latter's associate until 1905, at which time he entered upon an independent career, opening an establishment at Covington, which he has since enlarged and developed. He now controls an extensive trade and is accounted one of the substantial and reliable business men of his community, with a well-deserved reputation for veracity and integrity. Mr. Reed married Musetta, daughter of E. W. Hill, of Covington, and to this union there have been born four children: Josephine, born in 1898, who is single and resides with her parents; Herbert, who is employed in the establishment of his father at Covington, and Elizabeth and Ernest, who are still attending school. Mr. Reed has been a constructive citizen, interestingly active in all that pertains to the welfare of Covington, where he served for some years as a member of the city council. His patriotism was demonstrated during the World war period, when he was a liberal contributor to the various movements promoted to assure the success of American arms.

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