Biography of Charles A. Read
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Charles A. Reid, who is associated with Reid & Company, hardware dealers, is a recognized successful business man and substantial citizen of Oswego. He was born in this city, Feb. 18, 1884, the son of William A. and Anna (Bergner) Reid.

William A. Reid, deceased, was the founder of the business in Oswego which now bears his name. He was born here and attended the public schools. He began his business career with a Mr. Tanner, and later was associated with the firm of Smith & Van Horn. In 1897, in partnership with Charles S. Newell, he established a hardware business in Oswego, under the name of Reid & Company, and the company was originally located at East Second Street and Utica Street. It was removed in 1903 to the present location, 22 West Bridge Street. Mr. Newell died about 1907 and Mr. Reid became sole owner of the enterprise. He died April 1, 1930, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oswego. His widow still lives in this city. Mr. Reid was a Republican, a member of St. Matthews English Lutheran Church, and was affiliated with Frontier Lodge, F. & A. M. To Mr. and Mrs. Reid was born only one child, Charles A., the subject of this sketch.

The education of Charles A. Reid was received in the Oswego public schools, and his entire business career has been identified with the business of his father. He became a partner in 1926 and four years later, upon the death of his father, Mr. Reid took over the entire management of this leading establishment.

In 1919 Mr. Reid was united in marriage with Miss Edna Sponenberg, the daughter of Marcus and Minnie (Brown) Sponenberg, of Kirkville, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Reid have a daughter, Betty Ann, born Oct. 18, 1921.

Mr. and Mrs. Reid are active members of St. Matthews English Lutheran Church, and he is affiliated with Frontier Lodge, F. & A. M., Oswego Chapter and Commandery, and Media Temple, of Watertown. His wife is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mr. Reid also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce. He lives at 132 East 3rd Street.

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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