QUESTION: We were recently in Imperial County looking for information about my grandfather, Henry Clay Reed, the first editor of the Imperial Valley Press.
My aunt Ruth Margaret Reed was the first white baby born in the Imperial Valley.
Do you have any suggestions as to sources of information? — Grandson, Encinitas
We think the best source for information about your grandfather would be the early editions of the newspaper.
We have the editions on microfilm but so does the Pioneers' Museum and the El Centro and Brawley libraries. You might also check the book "The First 30 Years" by Otis B. Tout.
Both your grandfather and your aunt were named in our recent special edition celebrating the 100th anniversary of this newspaper.
Nevertheless, we don't know as much as we would like to know about your grandfather and his family.
Maybe our PROBE readers know more. Yes, we know it's been 100 years since Henry Clay Reed was the editor of this newspaper. But many local pioneers kept journals — and some of the journals have survived as family keepsakes.