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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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George W. E. Reis.

George W. E. Weis carries on general farming on section 22, Lee township, and is regarded as one of the highly respected citizens of that community.  He owns the south half of the section on which he lives and his farm of three hundred and twenty acres pays golden tribute to him for the care and labor which he bestows upon it.  He was born in Lee county, Illinois, on the 27th of June, 1878, and is a son of George and Margaret (Beitz) Reis, both of whom were natives of Germany, whence they came to the new world in early manhood and womanhood.  They were married in Illinois and settled upon a farm in Lee county, that state, the father owning there a tract of land of one hundred and sixty acres.  In 1881 they removed to Adair county, Iowa, buying two hundred and forty acres in Jackson township, and upon that place the parents of our subject remained until they were called to their final rest, becoming well known farming people of this county.

The youthful days of George W. E. Reis were spent in the usual manner of farm lads, his time being divided between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields.  Through the summer months he assisted more and more largely in cultivating the crops and in 1902 he began farming on his own account, cultivating a tract of rented land.  He was ambitious, however, to own a farm and therefore carefully saved his earnings, so that in 1906 he bought a place of two hundred acres in Cass county, upon which he lived until 1912.  He then traded that property for his present farm comprising three hundred and twenty acres of very desirable land on section 22, Lee township, Adair county.  He immediately took up his abode upon that place and the following year erected a handsome residence.  There are also good barns and other substantial outbuildings upon the farm, furnishing ample shelter to grain and stock and he uses the latest improved machinery to facilitate the work of the fields.  The farm is divided into fields of convenient size by well kept fences and the methods which Mr. Reis employs as such as bring substantial returns.

Mr. Reis chose as a companion and helpmate for the journey of life Miss Catherine Follmann, whom he wedded in January, 1904.  She was a resident of Adair county and by her marriage has become the mother of six children, Veronica, George, Lawrence, Velma, Francis and Leo.  Mr. Reis votes the democratic ticket and in religious faith he and his wife are Catholics.  He has made for himself a substantial place in business circles and the rewards of earnest, persistent labor are today his, for he is now numbered among the men of affluence in Lee township.



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