While this section contains no information of practical use for REEVES research,
it is information that may be interesting to some:
Carol Reeves Web Site: Have you ever wondered what you would find if you typed in
www.reeves.com? Well, wonder no more. Carol Reeves has a site known as "ARTWORKS,"
where she has posted a number of her beautiful paintings. Nice to know we have an
accomplished artist in the family!
Roger Reeves wins case at Supreme Court: Roger Reeves, 57, a supervisor at a Mississippi
manufacturing plant, was fired after 40 years of service, a few months after a superior
had told him he was "too damn old to do the job." Although a jury ruled in Reeves'
favor, the judgment was reversed by a Court of Appeals. Reeves then took the case
to the Supreme Court of the U.S., which ruled in his favor and laid down ground rules
on what it takes for an age bias case to merit a jury trial. Thanks to Roger for
striking a blow for all us old codgers!
Milton Reeves built an eight-wheel pasenger automobile in 1911, and exhibited it
at the inaugural Indianapolis 500. The “Octoauto,” pictured below, was less than
a smashing success. It did make its way into the history books, though, making its
way into third place on Time Magazine’s list of “The 50 Worst Autos of All Time.”
Milton Reeves, undiscouraged by the underwhelming response to his invention, went
on to invent the automotive muffler, which was no small achievement.
For even more information on the OctoAuto, click the following link to Google results:
The Indiana Historical Society maintains the complete record of photos, dosuments,
etc. Relating to the Reeves Pulley Company and the many devices they invented and
manufactured. The Historical/Biographical sketch at this site covers not only the
history, but short biographies of the various Reeves men who ran this company.
REEVES FESTIVAL - Amazingly, there is an annual Reeves Festival in Bartholomew County,
Indiana, featuring some or all of the Reeves machines described above. Go to this
site by the Bartholomew Historical Society for information about a previous festival
. The next festival is scheduled for July 24th, 2010 at he “Henry Breeding Farm”
in Bartholomew County. There will be a pancake breakfast at the “Reeves Pavilion,”
followed by the festival events. If anyone visits this festival, I would love hearing
from you about it, and would be grateful if you would send me a festival guide and
pictures to post here.
THE HISTORIC COLUMBUS INDIANA MESSAGE BOARD - This message board contains some interesting
pictures of the Reeves Pulley Company’s advertising plus a short historical summary
of the company from the Library of Congress.
REEVES PEACH - Believe it or not, there is (or once was) a peach named the “Reeves
Favorite,” grown in Delaware. The description says it is the second best peach in
the catalogue of peaches it describes. If anyone knows where I can buy a box of the
delicious fruit described in glowing detail in this catalog, please let me know!
The description from the catalog follows:
REEVES PHEASANT - There is also a bird with the Reeves name, found in Great Britain.
A number of photos of this bird may be found at this site.
TOM REEVES TREE - Not surprisingly, someone has thought to name a tree after a Reeves
at some point in time. The latin name is Lupinous Arboreus
DOUBLE REEVES SPIREA - The closest I can come to a Reeves flowering shrub is the
Spirea Cantoniensis (try saying that with your mouth full!). Native to China and
Japan, it grows best in the southern U.S.
TWO REEVES BROTHERS KILLED IN CIVIL WAR - James and Isaac Reeves, Confederate soldiers
from Louisiana were both killed within two months of each other. A third brother,
John, was blinded due to a war wound.
REEVES SUBMARINE - A fellow named Lloyd Reeves
built a one-quarter scale WWII era submarine, and received permission to offer rides
in it to the public at a lake in Atascadero, CA. While the submarine can hold 42
people. The city council restricted the capacity to six. If anyone lives in the area
and takes a ride, please write and let me know about it. A picture of the submarine
can be seen at the following site, which you can click on:: http://www.pasoroblespress.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=4 547&page=74