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Freeman and Melissa Reed* | by Trail Image
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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:

¹ Freeman and Melissa are my mom’s dad’s dad’s parents

² History of Greer, Idaho: However, I have not found the name Reed in county homestead records for 1881–1883.

³ Trail Image, “Zeno Falls on Ben”:

⁴ Reed History:

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Taken on December 14, 2007