Orville Akers Reese
Orville Akers "Art" Reese was born in Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana on July 9, 1890, the son of Mary Louisa Roush and Joseph Reese, a farmer and real estate agent. In 1914 he married Susie Woodson Dunbar and together they had four sons (John, Donald, Wilbur and Jay). John and Donald were born in Binghamton, New York in 1916 and 1920; Wilber and Jay were born in Colorado in 1925 and 1927, so one would think that the move to Colorado took place between 1920 and 1925; however, they already appear in the 1915 Polk's Colorado Springs City Directory, with Orville working as a tailor, so the births of John and Donald in New York must have taken place during trips. As of 1917, Orville listed his profession as "designer," presumably fashion designer, for Croonburg Fashion Company in his home town of Lebanon, Indiana. In 1930 and 1940 Orville was working as a tailor in Colorado Springs, Colorado (the location given on his labels).
Orville was a founding member of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society. He prospected and mined for mineral specimens in the Pikes Peak granite for over 40 years, and began working with his partner Clarence Coil in 1944. Coil and Reese donated 5,000 square inches of polished Colorado crystal material for use in making some of the outstanding mosaic work at the Air Force Academy Chapel near Colorado Springs. Orville's first mineral collection was sold to Waynesburg College (now University) via his friend and sometime collecting partner Paul Stewart, the president of Waynesburg.
Orville died June 20, 1966.
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