Clarence Thomas "Ray" Reeder , wife Edna Grace Coldiron , and their three children Kenneth Dale, William Russell, and Valeria Olive, came from Greenfield, Rooks Co., Kansas west to Winspar, Clark Co., Idaho in 1914. They came in an immigrant car on the train. Nancy Alice Barnes Coldiron and Ralph Coldiron (Edna's mother and brother) came in a separate car at the same time. Two adults were allowed per car. Olive coldiron Jones also went to Idaho to homestead. Ray hired out for the Oregon Short line Railroad (now Union Pacific) on 15 August 1918, as a fireman for the Idaho Division on a steam engine. He retired from Union Pacific Railroad, 3 Nov 1953, as a Locomotive Engineer. He was the beginning of four generations of Railroading Reeder's for Union Pacific. His son William Russell and grandson Kenneth Dean also retired from Union Pacific. His great grandson William Yale is currently a conductor on through freight for the Salt Lake Division.
Ray and Edna had five more children while living in Idaho: Lyle Sherman "Buck"; Ralph Ronald (died at the age of 3 years); Darrell Von; and 2 stillborn boys. After Ray's retirement, he and Edna moved to Naponee, Franklin Co., Nebraska, where they bought a home, raised Darrell, a garden, and chickens. they are both buried in Naponee, NE.
Ray and Edna were both born in Kansas and married on 27 Oct 1909 in Rooks Co. He the son of Sherman Demitt Reeder and Lulu Paine Hall. She the daughter of John Gilbert Coldiron and Nancy Alice Barnes. Nancy Alice is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sherman Demitt, Lula Paine, and John Gilbert all died in Rooks Co. Kansas and are buried in the Stockton Cemetery.
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