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Henry Maurice Reeder, M. D. Since he established his heme at Asher in August, 1908, Doctor Reeder has been an active citizen as well as a very competent physician and surgeon. He enjoys a very large practice and in whatever way it may be estimated his life has been one of commendable success. He gained his professional education by his own earnings, and he is a man ambitious to serve and make himself a useful factor in the community.
The Reeder family to which he belongs came from England to Massachusetts in colonial times. However, Doctor Reeder himself was born in Bland County, Virginia, April 27, 1876. His father, Stephen S. Reeder, was born at Starkey, New York, in 1833, grew up in his native state, but from there went to Virginia, and was married in Bland County to Emma Fulkerson, a native of Virginia and of a well-known family of that state. She is still living. The father died at Lexington, Missouri, in 1889. In July, 1876, when Doctor Reeder was only a few weeks old, his parents moved out to Lexington, Missouri, where his father became a merchant. He also served several years as deputy county collector. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. Doctor Reeder was the second in a family of five children, the others being: Catherine, wife of O. S. Bulkley, a rancher at Lancaster, California; Lyman F., who is a successful attorney at Batesville, Arkansas, where he studied law under Judge Yancy and Judge Fulkerson; Walter, who is a planter at Tampa, Florida; and Pearl, wife of Dr. H. G. Campbell, a physician and surgeon at Asher, Oklahoma.
Doctor Reeder as a boy attended the public schools of Lexington, Missouri, graduating from the high school in 1892. After that he earned his living for several years as clerk in different stores at Lexington. In 1899 he went out to Kern County, California, and was employed in the California oil fields until 1904. Returning East he entered the University Medical College of Kansas City, and remained until earning his M. D. degree in 1908. A few weeks after his graduation he located at Asher, Oklahoma, and has since acquired a large general medical and surgical practice, his offices being located on the main street of the town. He is a member of the Pottawatomie County and Oklahoma State Medical societies, and the American Medical Association. he is also local surgeon for the Rock Island Railroad, and is examining physician for the Oklahoma National Insurance Company, for the International Insurance Company of St. Louis, and the Bankers Life Insurance Company of Des Moines. He is a member and medical examiner for Choctaw Lodge No. 87, Woodmen of the World, at Asher, and is a member of Asher Lodge No. 238, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. His church is the Presbyterian, and in politics he is a democrat. He has served on the Asher School Board.
At Batesville, Arkansas, in 1910, Doctor Reeder married Miss Mary Latham. Her father, Rev. James G. Latham, is now pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Minco, Oklahoma. To their marriage have been born three children: Henry Maurice, Jr., Mary Catherine and Nell Latham.