Biography of James D. Raynolds


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JAMES D. RAYNOLDS is a native of Massilon, Ohio, and came West to Chicago in 1853. He is by profession a civil engineer, and a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N. Y. Mr. Raynolds came to Riverside in 1871, and entered the employ of the Riverside Improvement Company, with whom he remained about a year. During the time he made a survey of the work already laid out, and placed the machinery of the present water works. Shortly after his arrival here, he purchased some property and engaged in the cultivation of roses as a recreation; and finally, about four years ago, he enlarged his premises, and has since given his sole attention to the management of his hot-houses and gardens. Mr. Raynolds has the largest rose garden in the West, over half an acre being devoted to its cultivation. He has 25,000 square feet of glass in his hot-houses, and produces about 150,000 roses per annum. He has all the latest improvements for heating. In his houses are propagated some 10,000 new plants every year.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.