Our Roots run deep

 

From the time he was born, our President and CEO, Jim Reed, was raised as a farmer and encouraged to be an innovator. But it comes as no surprise when you realize farming and his “interest in progress” is in his DNA.

 

Jim’s Great-Great-Grandfather, Harmon Talley Reed, was born in 1838, and after the war (i.e. Civil War) he was digging water well on his farm in Ohio and struck oil instead. “He made money from oil, sold the oil wells and invested in Iowa farmland.” Harmon did quite well with his farming pursuit and by 1872, was the owner of a great deal of land. He owned land on which he laid out the township of Monteith (Iowa) when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific went through in 1881. But Harmon wasn't done...

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."

—Alexander the Great

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Jim in the Field and on the Phone

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and neither does the orange. Jim's earliest known ancestor, Stephen Reed, was born about 1760, probably near Philadelphia, PA. At this time, the town contained about 3,000 homes and 18-20,000 inhabitants. The area around the town "was cultivated and beautifully laid out in fields of clover, grain and flax. One can assume, Stephen too, was a farmer.