Bob Reed

Goodsprings Historical Society

Bob Reed

Robert Harvey Reed

December 8, 1914 --- June 19, 2002

Robert Harvey Reed, better known as Bob, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 8, 1914 weighing in at twelve pounds. When Bob was only seven years old his father, John Joseph Reed, died from a heart condition caused from deep sea diving while he was in the Navy. A few years later, Bob moved to Southern California with his mother, Emma, step father, Donald Weaver, and brothers, Paul and Jack; later his brothers Al and Jim were born into the family. After Bob graduated from Alhambra High School in 1934, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and worked as a cook at Wimpy's Hamburgers on Fremont Street. After about six months in Las Vegas, Bob heard there was a cook's position open at the Goodsprings Hotel, so he moved to Goodsprings.

Bob met Stella Elizabeth Hammons in 1940 at a box social at the Goodsprings School House and it was love at first sight. Bob did not have enough cash on hand to win the bidding war and be able to share dinner with Stella, but they got together later and were married November 30, 1940 at Bob's Uncle Fred and Aunt Clara Reim's home in Sandy Valley. Elizabeth Fredrickson, the Justice of the Peace, married Bob and Stella; they were married for 62 years.

When Bob heard that the money was better working in the mines, he started working at the Barefoot Gold Mine as a hoist man. Before Bob left Goodsprings, he worked at the Chariot Mine, Barefoot Mill, Yellow Pine Mine, Milford Mine and The Molly in the Goodsprings Mining District. The workmen at the Yellow Pine Mine had a contest to see who could bring the most unusual item in their lunch, so Lucy Hammons, Bob's mother-in-law, made a lemon meringue pie about twice the size of a regular pie pan for Bob to take in his lunch. That seemed to end the contest.

Bob felt right at home in Goodsprings and immediately became involved in the community. Bob and Nadine Hamilton started the first Boy Scout troop in Goodsprings in 1945. Bob also served on the Goodsprings School Board.

Bob played centerfield and third base on the Goodsprings softball team. Bob and Stella enjoyed dancing at the Goodsprings' Hotel, Pop's Oasis and Child's, as well as the Green Shack and the Elks Hall in Las Vegas. They also enjoyed playing cards with friends. When Bob worked in Las Vegas, he provided the transportation for several high school students before there were any school busses between Goodsprings and Las Vegas. In their spare time Bob and Stella raised rabbits and chickens and completely renovated their house in Goodsprings.

Bob and Stella had two daughters, Bobbie Sue and Jo Ann, and the family moved to Las Vegas in 1954.

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