WILEY ASA REEVES, JR. COLLECTION
SOURCE: Edith Reeves
SIZE: .3 linear feet
SHELVING UNIT: 1 manuscript box
PROCESSING: JDG, 2008
Wiley A. Reeves, Jr. (b. 5/9/1910; d. 5/8/1987) was a lifelong resident of Troup County and an overseer at the Dunson Division of West Point Pepperell. Son of Wiley A. Reeves, Sr. (1864-1945) and Julia India Glanton (b. 5/13/1867; d. 12/20/1910) and grandson of Madison Reeves (d. 1904) and Mary Francis Render (b.1836; d.1886), he was a graduate of the Georgia Military Academy and Clemson University. He was a member of a pioneer family of LaGrange and Troup County and a charter member of the Troup County Historical Society. An avid preservationist, he fought to protect antebellum houses in Troup County from being destroyed. Two houses he sought to save by moving were the Edwards-Milam House on Broad Street and the Herndon/Glanton House on Greenville Street. Both were later demolished by road projects.
SCOPE AND CONTENT:
The most prominent items in this collection are land grants and deeds possessed by Madison Reeves that date 1827-1908. Files also contains various personal items pertaining to Wiley Reeves, Jr., including a class photograph from the 1st grade (1916), a seventh grade report card from LaGrange Schools (1922-23), and a hand drawn diagram of the old LaGrange High School (burned 1943) showing location of teachers, subjects and student lockers. Also included is a laminated marriage announcement from the LaGrange Daily News of his 1933 marriage to Edith Goforth, daughter of Rev. Charles M. Goforth and Annabelle Hall. Wiley A. Reeves Sr. is represented in the collection through a memorial booklet from his funeral in 1945.
1 Land grants and deeds
2 School records, memorial booklet
West Point Pepperell