JOSEPH B. REID.
The remarkable changes wrought in California for more than forty years past have been witnessed by Joseph B. Reid,
who came to the state in 1857 and ten years later settled in Sonoma county, which has been his home ever since.
The blood of a long line of southern ancestors flows in the veins of Mr. Reid, and he also was born in the locality
which had sheltered and sustained his forefathers. A native of Alabama, he was born in Jackson county in November,
1835, the oldest of sixteen children born to his parents, William and Elizabeth (Shores) Reid, natives respectively
of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Joseph B. Reid has distinct recollections of his boyhood, which was passed in the midst of fields of growing cotton
and corn in Alabama until he was eighteen years of age, at which time removal was made to the northern part of
Arkansas. Judging from the scarcity of schools and crudity of curriculum which exist in the rural districts of
those states today, one wonders what possibility there was of obtaining an education there seventy five years ago!
Be that as it may, no one who knows Mr. Reid will doubt the fact that he made much of such opportunities as came
his way, for he is a well informed man, one with whom it is a pleasure to converse. The family remained in Arkansas
for three years, and then, in 1857, set out for the far west by the overland route. In due time they reached their
destination, Yolo county, where the father purchased land and continued farming throughout the remaining years
of his life. There he passed away in 1891, his wife having preceded him several years, her death occurring in 1889.
For ten years after coming to California Mr. Reid continued a resident of Yolo county, he as well as his father
purchasing land there. However, in 1867, he came to Sonoma county and was so well pleased with the prospects that
he purchased land and has continued to make his home here ever since, over forty three years. His original purchase
consisted of ninety three acres, for which he paid $65 an acre. Wheat raising was the chief industry of the ranchers
at that time, and he continued grain raising for a number of years after purchasing the property. From time to
time he sold off portions of the original acreage, until now none of that land remains in his possession. However,
with the proceeds he purchased adjoining land, and now has seventy five acres one and a quarter miles from Santa
Rosa, all in hay and grain.
In Sacramento, Cal., in 1864, Mr. Reid was united in marriage with Miss Louise Range, the ceremony being performed
in the Golden Eagle Hotel. Although Mrs. Reid is a native of Tennessee, the greater part of her life has been passed
in California, whither she came in 1862. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Reid. The family are members
of the Christian Church of Santa Rosa, and politically Mr. Reid is a Democrat. He has held a number of public offices
within the gift of his fellow citizens, among them school trustee for a number of years, and assessor and collector
on a number of occasions.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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