History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
FRANK K. REEDER
FRANK K. REEDER, merchant and postmaster at Penns Park, is living here in the vicinity of his grandfather’s old home, for the greater part of the land on which Penns Park has been built was once in possession of Abraham REEDER. The latter was a son of Charles REEDER, at one time a prominent farmer of Wrightstown, Bucks county. Abraham REEDER carried on farming in Wrightstown township, and subdividing his property, sold much of it in town lots. He afterward opened a hotel in Penns Park, which he conducted for many years. His wife was Margaret CONARD.
Mahlon H. REEDER, son of Abraham and Margaret (CONARD) REEDER was born at Penns Park, Pennsylvania, April 10, 1806, was there reared, and after his first marriage engaged in farming there for a number of years. Subsequent to his second marriage he resided for a number of years in Philadelphia, where he was engaged in the jewelry and watch-making business on the Frankford road. While never serving an apprenticeship, he was a natural mechanic, and could use any tool or do almost any constructive work. From Philadelphia he removed to Stockton, New Jersey, where he was engaged in the same business for four or five years, when he returned to Penns Park and continued in the same line up to the time of his death. He was a Republican in politics. He was a broad reader, a deep student and the possessor of marked mechanical ingenuity. He was the inventor of an automatic railroad switch, a model of which he sent to the Czar of Russia and received from him in return a valuable medal. He was also the builder in his early years of an electric battery and numerous other machines prior to the advent of electricity. All this he did in young manhood, when upon the farm. Mahlon H. REEDER was married twice. At Penns Park he wedded Miss Mary TWINING, and their children were Huston T., of Helena, Montana; Lewis A REEDER, and George W., deceased; Willis W., who is engaged in the real estate business in Philadelphia: Abraham and Stephen, both deceased; and Maria Louisa, deceased. After the death of his first wife, Mahlon H. REEDER married Eliza T. KEYSER, and of their two children Frank K. is the survivor.
Frank K. REEDER was born in Philadelphia, July 4, 1861, and was seven years of age at the time of the family’s return to Penns Park. His education was acquired here and in the schools of Philadelphia, and when in his sixteenth years he accepted a position in a grocery store of the latter city. A year later he became one of the office force in the employ of Frank SIDDALL, a soap manufacturer, and later returned to Wrightstown township, Bucks county. During the following year he was employed by W. R. Hagaman, a well known merchant of Wrightstown, and later worked a year for Lewis HAGAMAN, at Rushland, at the time of the building of the railroad through the town. In 1892 he was asked by W. B. HAGAMAN to take charge of his branch store at Penns Park, which business he has since managed very successfully. He was appointed postmaster the same year, and has since acted in that capacity. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance in Penns Park, both as a business man and citizen. Mr. REEDER votes with the Republican party, and belongs to several fraternal organizations, being a member of Newtown Lodge, No. 427, F. and A. M.; Siloam Lodge, No. 265, I. O. O. F.; and Penns Park Council No. 973, Junior Order United American Mechanics. On the 4th of July, 1892, Mr. REEDER was united in marriage to Mrs. Emma TWINING, a daughter of Walton T. WORTHINGTON, of Penns Park, and they have one daughter, Florence REEDER.
Text taken from page 694 to 695 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed July 2007 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published July 2007 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/
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