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Edgar Fleming


EDGAR FLEMING is a prominent citizen and successful business man of Ree Heights, South Dakota, where he carries on operations as a miller and dealer in grain and coal. He was born in Egypt, about 1859, and is a son of Robert and Eliza (Wingate) Fleming, both natives of Scotland. As a cotton merchant the father spent twenty-five years in Alexandria, Egypt, where besides buying cotton, he also acted as agent for a steamboat company. He returned to Liverpool, England, in 1880, and in that city his wife now resides. Of their five children, one son and the only daughter are in England; another son is in Australia; the third on the Island of Ceylon; while our subject is now a resident of Ree Heights, South Dakota. 

Mr. Fleming, of this review, was principally reared and educated in Glasgow, Scotland, and also attended the Blair Lodge School at Polmont, Scotland. He then spent two years in Germany, studying the language of that country. Subsequently he filled a clerkship, for five years, in the office of a steamship and East India merchantman line at Glasgow, Scotland, and in 1885 came to the new world, stopping first in New Orleans, Louisiana. From there he went to Texas, where he was engaged in the cattle business for a short time, and in 1886 located permanently in Ree Heights, Hand county, South Dakota, where he now operates a feed mill and is also engaged in the buying and selling of grain and coal. He has built up an excellent trade, and is meeting with a well deserved success in his undertakings. He has become thoroughly American in thought and spirit, and casts his ballot with the Republican party, but has never sought public office.