Lee County Biography


Paul Reis, a representative of a well known pioneer family of Lee county, is engaged in general farming and stock-raising upon one hundred and twenty acres of fine land on section 11, Sublette township. He is a native son of this locality, born in 1857, his parents being Martin and Katherine (Theis) Reis, both of whom have passed away, the former dying October 7, 1894, and the latter October 14, 1897. Both are buried in the Perkin's Grove cemetery, Sublette township. The father was one of the pioneer settlers in Lee county and engaged in farming here at a time when Chicago was the nearest market. He was obliged to haul his grain there and always spent more than a week upon the journey.

Paul Reis acquired his education in the public schools of his native township and laid aside his books at the age of fourteen. He afterward assisted his father with the work of the farm for thirteen years and then came into possession of the homestead, which he has since operated. This comprises one hundred and twenty acres and is well improved in every particular, being equipped with a comfortable residence and good outbuildings and reflecting everywhere the care and labor which the owner has bestowed upon it. Mr. Reis engages in mixed farming, raising grain and keeping about twenty hogs, twelve head of cattle and five horses.

In Sublette township, in 1884, Mr. Reis married Miss Kate Kliyla. a daughter of Jacob and Louise (Young) Kliyla, both of whom have passed away and are buried in West Brooklyn. Mr. and Mrs. Reis have become the parents of a son, Romer P., who is assisting his father. Mr. Reis is a member of the Catholic church and a democrat in his political beliefs. His life has always been in close conformity with high principles and his record is a credit to a respected and worthy name.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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