6/15/1880 Paris, 3rd Ward, Edgar Co, IL. The census listed Frederick Reese, 36, foundry machinist, with wife Alice, 21, and baby daughter, Pearl A, 10 months. Also counted there were several "borders" who worked in the foundry: Wm Thompson, 62, laborer, Henry Groanmiller, 19, machinist, and James Borden, 30, machinist apprentice. Brother Henry Reese lived next door and also worked in the foundry.
The following is from the Rose Orphanage:
History of the Children
Name Age Date of Admission
Jasper Lawson 8 December 19, 1884
Jasper Lawson, son of Mary B. Lyles, was born July 4, 1876, in Sullivan Co., Ind. He is half-brother to Grace Lyles, whose history is given on page 2.
Dec. 3, 1889, placed on trial with Hethcote Chilcote, Hinesboro, Douglas Co, Illinois, who has 300 acres of land.
June 1890, Jasper visited the home. Was well dressed and likes his home ever so much.
July 1892, Jasper visited the home last winter. Has been working the past year and a half with Mr. Fred Reese of Paris, who owns a machine shop and foundry.
This arrangement was made with the permission of Mr. Chilcote, who is the father-in-law of Mr. Reese. This year he will be paid $100. and his board. Next year he will receive $200. and his board, when he will have completed his trade as a machinist. Is a tall fine young man and is very well liked.
Dec. 11, 1894, still working for Mr. Vance and is one of the finest young men in Paris.
August 1895, Jasper visited the home, well dressed, fine looking and gentlemanly. He is employed by the Massilon Ohio Std. Bridge Co., building steel bridges in Illinois on a salary of $75.00 per month and all expenses paid and with a prospect of an advance. He is Supt. or Foreman, takes a gang of men and erects bridges wherever they send him. He is a Christian young man.
July 22, 1896, word was received here today, by the Chief of Police, that Jasper was killed while taking down an old wooden bridge at some town in Missouri. He will be buried there. Regniescat in pace !
Note: Newspaper clipping attached to page, telling of his life at the Rose Orphan Home and his death. (no date given)