Joseph Benjamin Reaver (Hooper)

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Joseph Benjamin Reaver (Hooper)

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
Death: October 31, 1958 (76)
Whiteside, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Sterling, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel David Reaver and Ida Bell Warner
Husband of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Reaver
Father of Katherine Belle Reaver; Mildred Smith; Lester Joseph Reaver; Lawrence (Doc) Edward Reaver; Private User and 1 other
Brother of Clauda Reaver; Franklin Reaver; Roy E Reaver; Harry Ellsworth Reaver; Gladys (Gladis) Marie Betts and 2 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About Joseph Benjamin Reaver (Hooper)

Joseph Benjamin Reaver came West from Maryland in the early 1900's as I believe he had

three uncles living and working on farms in Illinois and he was at least 21 years of age.

He worked with Kilgour Farms north of Sterling in farming and showing cattle..then when he married he started farming by rental of the land. He farmed 260 acres with corn, hay, beans and also had Holstein herd for milking and Shorthorn cattle for meat. He also had

many hogs on the farm and folds of sheep. The money earned from the eggs and

chickens , also sold as fryers, was used for the grocery money. Raised geese & ducks.

He farmed with horses and all that went with them until the late 1930's when he bought

his first tractor and then onto more and different machinery. There was a lot of hard work.

In 1933 while threshing grain into a big shed it caught on fire and all the farm buildings burned at that time, so a big inconvenience and a lot of rebuilding to be done. There were many men there threshing to help rescue animals from the barns and so all survived, including our family pony.

After he retired to a 58 acre farm three miles east of Sterling in 1947, he continued farming

corn and hay. He suffered a heart attack in 1957 but was able to continue farming for

another year when he died suddenly at home while doing what he liked best...his farm


He had a long happy 50 years of marriage and a loving family. In later years his farm

property he had bought in 1947 was sold as commecial so a big gain was realized and

only wish he could have known how successful a person he was. When he purchased this property he had mentioned being close to town that maybe someday commercial would move into the area as it was located on the Lincoln Highway, a main route between Dixon, Il and Sterling. He did this all on his own and had to learn to manage on his own

coming from Maryland and leaving his immediate family, but had his mother's brothers

in the area in Illinois. It is rather amazing that all his children are interned at Sterling at

OakKnoll Cemetery almost in a family plot.

I do not think he attended school to graduate but he was always very involved in education and was a school director for the Prairieville School for many years. The pictures of the directors are in the corner stone of the new School , as the old school burned because of faulty coal furnace and had to be rebuilt at the time he was President of the Board He was also active in Farm Bureau and anything related to the farm. He loved to play euchre and the neighbor farmers would go to thenearby Prarieville Garage and Grocery Store and spend the evening playing cards now and then. My mother's brother, George Wechsler, was a mechanic and ran that garage.

My Dad taught me how to play Hearts and he and I would play when I was in grade school.. I also remember he helped me figure out the story problems in arithmetic

because he was a smart man of logic and he loved farming. I can truly say I am glad I grew up on a farm during the Depression and learned what life is about. We had many chores and jobs and everybody had to pull together to make things work..we did not

realize all the things we were missing as they weren't in the world at that time in radio, television and all the advertising.

(Marian Reaver Whitver)

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Joseph Benjamin Reaver (Hooper)'s Timeline

September 11, 1882
Frederick, Maryland, United States
February 27, 1909
Age 26
Whiteside, Illinois, United States
February 26, 1911
Age 28
Lee, Illinois, United States
February 21, 1914
Age 31
Dixon, Lee, Illinois, United States
December 19, 1916
Age 34
Dixon, Lee, Illinois, United States