Freeman and Melissa Reed*
Across the canyon from Greer Grade is the community of Fraser, Idaho, where my great, great grandparents, Freeman Pierce and Melissa Jane Reed,¹ homesteaded about September 25, 1882 after traveling from Nebraska in a one-horse wagon through Denver and Boise.² Possibly they rested at the Turmes Ranch³ along the way.
According to their daughter Beryl, her “dad built a large log house squared with an ax — no nails, pegged together with wooden pegs. It had four rooms downstairs and three rooms upstairs, a large orchard of all kinds of fruit.”⁴
* Photo from album compiled by Sue Pittman: www.facebook.com/sue.pittman2
¹ Freeman and Melissa are my mom’s dad’s dad’s parents
² History of Greer, Idaho: gesswhoto.com/idaho/greer-idaho.html. However, I have not found the name Reed in county homestead records for 1881–1883.
³ Trail Image, “Zeno Falls on Ben”: www.trailimage.com/zeno-falls-on-ben#16
⁴ Reed History: gesswhoto.com/idaho/greer-idaho2.html