Biography of Frank V. Reaver
Marion County, IA Biographies





Frank V. Reaver was for many years in the bakery and restaurant business but has now sold his interests in that connection and devotes his time to his duties as vice president of the Knoxville Gas Company. He was born in Knoxville on the 23d of April, 1858, a son of John and Mary C. (Sherman) Reaver, natives of Philadelphia and Newcastle, Pennsylvania, respectively. The father brought his family to Knoxville in 1856 from Columbus, Ohio, where he was a baker and candy maker. He opened the first' store of the kind in Knoxville and conducted the business personally until he retired in 1879. He had learned his trade in New York in 1851. He passed away in 1894 and was survived by his widow until September, 1912. Fraternally he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. To their union were born eight children, four of whom died in infancy. Those who grew to maturity were as follows: Mrs. R. O. Ayres, deceased; Frank V., of this review; J. O., a resident of Des Moines; and C. A., living in Eldora, Iowa.

Frank V. Reaver attended the public schools, gaining a serviceable education, and as a youth of seventeen became associated with his father in the restaurant and bakery which the latter owned. In 1875, however, he embarked in the boot and shoe business, selling out in 1877, when he again became connected with his father in business. In 1879 he assumed charge of the bakery and reitaurant, his father retiring from active life, and he conducted it successfully until 1908. In his restaurant and bakery alike he used nothing but pure materials and great care was exercised at all times to maintain strictly sanitary conditions and to avoid any possible contamination of the food. Since 1908 he has devoted his time to his other business interests, especially to the gas plant, as he is vice president of the Knoxville Gas Company.

In 1881 Mr. Reaver married Miss Hattie M. Taylor, of Burlington, Iowa, a daughter of Colonel J. E. Taylor. Mr. Reaver is a progressive in his political belief and is serving as alderman of the first ward. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. He has a wide acquaintance in the city and not only readily makes friends but holds them, as his character is one that commands respect.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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