Biography of Isaac C. Reed
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Isaac C. Reed. Whose portrait will be found in this history, was born in Rutherford county, North Carolina, August 13, 1827, where he lived on a farm until 1849, when, leaving his parents, he went to Cherokee county, Alabama. Here he was engaged as superintendent on a cotton plantation until March, 1852, when he crossed the plains to California, arriving at Bidwell's Bar, September 27th of that year. After a short stay there, he went to Benicia, Solano county, where he engaged with the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and built the ferry landing at that place. After three years, he engaged in the Navy yard at Vallejo, where he worked for about four years. He then, in March, 1859, came to Mendocino county, where he has since resided, being engaged in several different occupations, milling, stable keeping, merchandising, and at present is farming about two miles north from Ukiah; he is also interested in the Ukiah Water Company. In 1856, Mr. Reed joined the San Pablo Lodge of Odd Fellows at Vallejo, and after removing to Ukiah, affiliated with Ukiah Lodge, No. 174. He united with the Christian Church in 1866, and is still a faithful and consistent member of that body. In 1860, he helped Thomas Elliott construct a saw mill, and in the following spring purchased it. This he disposed of to W. E. Willis, and then moved to Calpella, where he run a hotel for about one year. In 1865, he built a saw mill in Redwood valley, it being an old fashioned water mill with a sash saw. He received the nomination from the Democratic convention for Supervisor of this district in 1873 Married, June 27, 1861, Miss Lucinda P. Montgomery, who died May 14, 1879, leaving five children, Alferetta, Sarah D., Anna E., Craton, and Bettie D.


From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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