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Is one of the neat, clever and successful farmers of Van Zandt county, He says any man who will try, be patient and industrious can succeed, farming in Van Zandt county. His grandfather was named James Reed and was born in Alabama. His father was named Andrew, who was a farmer and was born in Mississippi and never came to Texas. Andrew Reed married Miss Safrona Harris. They were the parents of Marion. The father was in the Civil War in 1863. Marion was born in Leake county, Mississippi, December 1, 1862, and was educated in the country schools of that state. He chose farming as his vocation and has been engaged in that line of life for twenty years. In November, 1882, he married Miss Mary Jane Berry. After having moved to Arkansas they came to this state eight years ago. Mr. Reed says that a great future awaits Edgewood and Van Zandt. He is a Baptist and a Mason and a Woodman of the World. He has 153 acres of land near Edgewood, is beginning in good earnest to diversify his crop and says any man can succeed in Van Zandt county and not plant a hill of cotton. The most useful farmers in the county are taking the position that the boll weevil need not frighten those who have already settled in this county nor prospective settlers. They can do well with the presence of the terrible pest by not depending on cotton, and it is quite a question whether they could do better with no weevil and the universal dependence on cotton that would then prevail.