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Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


FRANK REEVES.  The people of Chelan county and central Washington need no introduction to Frank Reeves.  Chelan county itself owes its existence to his efforts, aided by Arthur Gunn.  Mr. Reeves has demonstrated himself a man of ability, energy and integrity.  These qualities dominated by a powerful will have rightly placed him as leader and the county owes him a debt of gratitude which it is evident they recognize, for while Mr. Reeves is a strong Democrat, he has promptly been placed in the responsible office of prosecuting attorney twice, the people laying aside politics, since they are largely Republican, when his name is before them.  They chose the man and they were not mistaken in their choice.
     Frank Reeves was born in Watseka, Illinois, on August 13, 1866, the son of Isaac W. and Susan C. (German) Reeves, natives of Indiana and now residing on a fruit ranch in the vicinity of Wenatchee.  The Reeves family came from England to Virginia in the seventeenth century and have been prominent since.  The father served in the Twenty-fifth Illinois Infantry, Company F, for three years and three months.  He participated in thirty-nine hard battles, among which are Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Stone River and so forth.  The mother's father also served in the Civil War.  Our subject was principally in Kansas during his minority.  He was well educated through the graded and high schools at St. John and then read law in the office of T. F. Halverson, prosecuting attorney of Stafford county.  He completed his course before twenty-one, and then took up newspaper work.  He did reportorial and editorial work in Kansas, Colorado, and Washington, also on the Review in Spokane, and mined on the Pend d'Oreille in addition thereto.  Later he taught school in Postfalls for one year.  Then he founded the first Democratic paper in Ellensburg and in 1891 came to Wenatchee.  He founded the Advance, sold it in the spring of 1893, started the Times in Leavenworth and in 1896 sold that.  In 1899, Mr. Reeves, aided by Arthur Gunn, went to Olympia to secure the segregation of Chelan county and success crowned the wise efforts put forth.  Early in 1900, Mr. Reeves was admitted to the practice of law before the supreme court and at the first election in the county, he was chosen prosecuting attorney and in 1902 his own successor.  Mr. Reeves has one brother and one sister, Fred, and Rose Fuller.
     On August 31, 1888, Mr. Reeves married Miss Belle Culp, at Genesee, Kansas.  She was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, where also her parents were born.  One child, Zelma, now eleven, was born to this union and she is the first white child born in Wenatchee.  Mr. Reeves is a member of the I. 0. 0. F. and the Elks.  Mr. Reeves has various holdings, as a fruit ranch, town property and mining interests.  He is one of the leading men of the Columbia valley and is the center of a large circle of admiring friends.