Biography of Joseph N. Rea
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Joseph N. Rea. Born in Ripley county, Indiana, November 28, 1844, and lived in different parts of that State until 1859 when he, with his parents, moved to Flora, Illinois. Here he received his education and resided until February, 1864, when he entered the army as Lieutenant in the 152d Illinois Volunteers, and served until September, 1865. He then returned to Illinois, where he followed clerking until 1869, when he came to California and located at Ukiah, Mendocino county, where he clerked in a store for two years; then went to Porno, where he merchandised for three years. In 1874 he came to Covelo and engaged as clerk for J. M. Ellis & Co. for about one year, and then bought a half interest, and the firm name was changed to J. N. Rea S5 Co.; and in May, 1877, the firm name was again changed to Henley Rea, Henley having bought Ellis' interest. Mr. Rea married, November 26, 1868, Miss Mary J. Eddy, a native of Missouri. They have three children: Alice, Roy, and Frank.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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