Biography of Herbert H. Reynolds
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Herbert Howells Reynolds. - Few men are better known in Franklin County than Herbert H. Reynolds, who is successfully engaged in the lumber business at Malone. He was born at Bombay, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1863, the son of Orson Leroy and Phoebe Ermina (Bigelow) Reynolds.

The Reynolds family came to the United States from England about 1635 and settled at Plymouth, Mass. About 1650 members of the family removed to Kingstown, R. I., and John Reynolds, great grandfather of Herbert H. Reynolds, removed from Exeter, R. I., in 1778 and settled at Petersburg, N. Y. His son, Benjamin, served throughout the War of 1812. Benjamin Reynolds came to Bombay, N. Y., in 1824 from Rutland, Vt.

Orson Leroy Reynolds was a veteran of the Civil War, having served as a member of Company M, Sixth New York Heavy Artillery. He was born at Bombay, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1829. His early life was spent as a farmer and he later became interested in the lumber business at Reynoldston, in Brandon Township, a village which he founded in connection with his lumbering activities. He was associated in business with his four sons under the firm name of Reynolds & Sons. Mr. Reynolds died April 4, 1887, and his wife, the daughter of James C. Bigelow, of West Bangor, N. Y., died in July, 1910. Both are buried at West Bangor. To Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds the following children were born: 1. Ella Ermina, born Feb. 18, 1857, died Dec. 3, 1875. 2. Frank Bigelow, born July 31, 1858, died in 1915. 3. William L., born Oct. 20, 1859, died Sept. 2, 1862 4. James Newton, born Aug. 8, 1861, died Jan. 7, 1922. 5. Herbert H., the subject of this sketch. 6. George Albert, born Aug. 24, 1864, died March 27, 1869. 7. Berton L., born Aug. 16, 1866. He served as treasurer of Franklin County, and with his brothers was interested in the lumber business for many years under the name of Reynolds Bros. & Co. He was killed in an automobile accident at Utica, N. Y., in January, 1926, and is buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone.

Herbert H. Reynolds obtained his early education in the public schools of West Bangor and Brandon, and in 1885 was graduated from Franklin Academy. As mentioned above he became interested in the lumber business with his father and brothers at Reynoldston. In 1904 Mr. Reynolds came to Malone and became associated in the lumber business with his brother, Berton L., as owners of the Malone Lumber Company. They continued their business connections at Reynoldston, however, and in 1923 purchased a 12,000 acre tract of virgin timber at Duane, N. Y., their intention being to reduce it to lumber. Upon the death of Berton L. Reynolds in 1926, the plans of Herbert II. Reynolds were changed, and he sold the Duane tract of land to the State of New York It is now a State Park and Game Preserve.

On Feb. 25, 1901, Mr. Reynolds married Miss Bessie A. Taylor, the daughter of Allen Taylor, for many years a prominent attorney of Yonkers, N. Y., now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have a son, Horace Taylor Reynolds, born at Malone, July 16, 1905. He was graduated from Franklin Academy and Lehigh University, and now attends the University of Boston Law School, being a member of the class of 1932.

Mr. Reynolds is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. His wife is an active member of St. Marks Episcopal Church.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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