W. A. REGER

MR. W.A. REGER, AN HONORED AND RESPECTED CITIZEN OF MOUNT AYR AND RINGGOLD COUNTY, DIED SUNDAY AT 2 O’CLOCK P.M. AT EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, WHITHER HE HAD GONE IN QUEST OF HEALTH.  DEATH CAME IN THE FORM OF PARALYSIS.   MR. REGER WAS BORN IN WEST VIRGINIA, FEBRUARY 18, 1852, AND HAD REACHED THE AGE OF 49 YEARS 8 MONTHS AND 9 DAYS.  MRS. REGER AND SONS, JAMES, FRANCIS AND WILLIE WERE WITH HIM AND MINISTERED TO HIM IN THE TRYING HOUR.  THE REMAINS WERE BROUGHT TO MOUNT AYR TUESDAY AND TAKEN TO THE HOME.  MR. REGER WAS THE SON OF REV. A.A. REGER, NOTED FOR HIS LABORS OF LOVE IN THE OLD HOME IN WEST VIRGINIA.  HE HAD RECEIVED A CAREFUL EDUCATION.  HIS MOTHER WAS A RELATIVE OF QUARTER MASTER GENERAL LUDDINGTON.  HE WAS ALSO A COUSIN OF SENATOR DOLLIVER.  HIS SISTER, MRS. JENNIE F. BUTLER LIVES AT SECOR, ILLINOIS, AND TWO BROTHERS H.L. AND H.J. IN MOUNT AYR.  MR. REGER CAME TO MOUNT AYR IN 1870, AND SOON TOOK CHARGE OF THE STORE OF WINDLE & CO. THE FIRM SOON BECAME WINDLE & REGER.  IT DID A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THROUGH A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS.  IN 1882, DURING PRESIDENT ARTHUR’S ADMINISTRATION HE WAS MADE POSTMASTER OF MOUNT AYR AND MADE AN ACCEPTABLE OFFICER.  FOR SOME YEARS HE HAS DEALT IN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.  HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MISS MARY ELLIS AND TO THEM WERE BORN NINE CHILDREN, FOUR SONS AND FIVE DAUGHTERS.  HE HAS EVER BEEN KNOWN AS A DEVOTED MEMBER OF THE M.E. CHURCH AND AS A USEFUL AND AGREEABLE CITIZEN.  IN 1891 HE BUIILT A NICE HOUSE ON A BEAUTIFUL SITE IN NORTHEAST MT. AYR.  HE WAS AN HONORED MEMBER OF THE MASONIC AND A.O.U.W. FRATERNITIES AND IN THE LAST HE WAS INSURED FOR $2,000.  THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT THE RESIDENCE AT 3 P.M., BY THE MASONIC ORDER, AND AT 3:45 P.M., AT THE M.E. CHURCH, CONDUCTED BY HIS PASTOR REV. P.V.D. VEDDER.  DURING HIS LONG SICKNESS THE DEVOTION OF HIS WIFE, CHILDREN AND BROTHERS HAS BEEN TRULY ADMIRABLE.

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