Reeves, William Hubbard (1882 KY - 1964 TX)

William Hubbard Reeves


Father: Sidney Preston Reeves
Mother: Nancy Susan Wingo

Birth: 21 Dec 1882, Blandville, Ballard County, Kentucky
Birth Source: Family Records and World War I Draft Registration

Death: 30 Oct 1964, Waco, McLennan County, Texas
Death Source: Texas Death Index

Spouse1: Fannie Brooks
Spouse2: Mary Landers
Spouse3: Effie Elizabeth Beegles


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William Hubbard "Hub" Reeves was born on the 21st of December, 1882 in Blandville, Kentucky. Around 1915, he settled in New Madrid County, Missouri just across the Mississippi River from his childhood home in Kentucky. In the small southeast Missouri town of Tallapoosa, he owned a sawmill and operated a general store.

Having been the oldest son of a farmer, he was unable to attend school for more than a few years because he was needed to help operate the family farm. His children recalled that after working all day, he would stay up at night studying their school books. For all of his life, he would continue to expand his limited education, reading and consuming newspapers from the headlines to the very last page.

It was he who recited nursery rhymes and sang lullabies to his children and later to the grandchildren. His grandchildren were routinely bounced on a knee or swung on his foot as he recited "Hickory, Dickory, Dock - the mouse ran up the clock".

As the timber in southeast Missouri became more scarse and the country attempted to weather the Great Depression, he moved his family and timber business to east Texas where he spent the last 30 years of his life.

In his later years, always wearing a fedora and with his hands clasped behind his back, he would regularly walk the few blocks to town in Centerville, Texas to play dominoes under a shade tree on the courthouse lawn with his contemporaries. As he started walking to the courthouse square, we would say "where are you going Wawa?" and his response was always "Goin' to town to see the folks and eat peaches."

Website with extensive family information - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~watsonbev/(external link)

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