1925 Iowa State Census, Fort Madison, Lee County, IA
Reader, Fred T, head, 30, owned home w/o mortgage, 6th grade education, b. Eng, son of Thomas Reader, 58, b. England, and Anna Milleen, 56, b. England who were married in England,
Ethel, wife, 27, 8th grade education, b. WI, dau of Ed Workman, 57, b. IL and Lizzie Shaw, 45, b. VT who were married in IL
Fred L, son, 7, 1st grade education, b. IA, parents married in IA
Delbert M, son, 2, b. IA, parents married in IA
WWI draft registration June 5, 1917, Fort Madison, Lee Iowa
Frederick T Reader, b. March 10, 1894, b. Marden, Kent, England, RR worker, single, tall, medium build, grey eyes, brown hair
Passport application June 26, 1923
Frederick Thomas Reader, b. March 10, 1894, Marden, Kent, England, his father Thomas Reader was born in England and lives there, Emigrated to US Dec 18, 1916, sailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has lived in Fort Madison, IA from 1916 through 1923. Was married June 6, 1917, Naturalized at Fort Madison, Lee County, IA on May 23, 1923, Lived in Kent, England 1894-1911, and Nova Scotia 1911-1916, is employed as a drayman in Fort Madison, planning to travel to Kent, England, with sons, Lawrence, 5, and Merl 1 for 3 months to visit his parents, sailing on the Olympic on June 30, 1923 from New York.
Social Security Death Record,
Frederick Reader, b. Mar 10, 1894, died Aug 1965 in Iowa
Although Ethel was not listed on the passport application, she must have travelled with them, as she returned with the family; as they left on the ship Majestic from Southhampton, England on Aug 22, 1923, and arrived in New York on Aug 28, 1923.
In 1930, both Lawrence and Merl were wards in the Nachusa Lutheran Orphanage in Lee County, IA
Possibly they were adopted out of the orphanage and took on new surnames. Pretty tough to get adoption records in Iowa, but maybe someone will recognize some of this info. Try posting in Lee County, Iowa
Fred Sr, made a trip back to Fort Madison, from Southampton in Nov 1952.