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Reed, Nell Donnelly, 1889-1991


  • [Nell Donnelly Reed (b. Ellen Quinlan, March 6, 1889, Parsons, Kansas-d. September 8, 1991), fashion designer and clothing manufacturer, first married Paul Donnelly after graduating high school and moving to Kansas City. She married former Senator James A. Reed in 1933.]
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    • us: Donnelly, Nell, 1889-1991
    • us: Quinlan, Ellen, 1889-1991
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    • Reed, Nell Donnelly, b. 1889
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    • found: McMillen, Margot Ford. Called to courage, 2002: CIP galley (Nell Donnelly Reed; Nell Donnelly of Kansas City; pioneering businesswoman founded world's largest dress company; b. 1889; m. James Reed)
    • found: Letter from Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, Truman Library, November 19, 1937: (relates to clothing designer and manufacturer Nell Donnelly Reed)
    • found: State historical Society of Missouri WWW site, viewed Dec. 18, 2014 (Nell Donnelly Reed; b. Ellen Quinlan on March 6, 1889, Parsons, Kansas; commonly known as Nell; prominent women's clothing manufacturer and entrepreneur who influenced women's fashion through her sophisticated and popular designs; Nell Donnelly Reed died on September 8, 1991, at the age of 102) {http://shs.umsystem.edu/historicmissourians/name/r/reed/}
    • found: State historical Society of Missouri WWW site, viewed Dec. 18, 2014: finding aid to the Ellen "Nell" Quinlan Donnelly Reed papers, ca. 1920-1972 (Ellen Quinlan was born on March 6, 1889; In 1905, Ellen "Nell" moved to Kansas City where she met and married Paul F. Donnelly; On December 16, 1931, Donnelly and her chauffeur were kidnapped and later released; kidnappers caught ... and former Senator James A. Reed, Donnelly's attorney, assisted in the prosecution. Donnelly divorced her husband in 1932 and married Reed in December 1933; d. September 8, 1991 at age 102) {http://shs.umsystem.edu/kansascity/manuscripts/k0444.pdf}
    • found: Findagrave.com, Dec. 18, 2014 (Nell Quinlan Reed; b. March 6, 1889, Parsons, Kansas; d. September 8, 1991, Kansas City, Missouri; While married to Paul Donnelly, moved to Kansas City Missouri in 1906, where she began making and selling ladies dresses; divorced Paul Donnelly and later married James A. Reed, former mayor of Kansas City Missouri, and state senator, and lawyer; burial: Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, Missouri)
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    • [Nell Donnelly Reed (b. Ellen Quinlan, March 6, 1889, Parsons, Kansas-d. September 8, 1991), fashion designer and clothing manufacturer, first married Paul Donnelly after graduating high school and moving to Kansas City. She married former Senator James A. Reed in 1933.]
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