Biography of David C. Reed
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

DAVID CLIFFORD REED, prominent citizen of Rocky River Village, and a member of the well known firm of Hawley & Reed, of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, agents for the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, was born in Monroe, Butler County, Ohio, on March 31, 1870, the son of the late Andrew Boyd and Mary B. (Gorsuch) Reed.

Andrew Boyd Reed was born in Butler County, Ohio, on August 28, 1845, the son of David B. and Carolyn (Boyd) Reed, the father born June 26, 1812, and died August 5, 1859, the mother born July 20, 1823, and died September 27, 1885. Andrew B. was a substantial farmer and successful traveling salesman of farm machinery, as well as one of the leading men of Butler County. On November 14, 1867, he married Mary B. Gorsuch, of near Findley, Ohio, who was born, on October 10, 1841. She died on November. 25, 1871, being survived by her husband, who died on May 7, 1922, and two children, Anna B. and David C.

Carolyn (Boyd) Reed was the daughter of Andrew and Temperance Fugit (Pocock) Boyd, the former born on September 16, 1796, and died August 21, 1857, the latter born on February 3, 1803, and died January 29, 1885. Andrew Boyd was the son of Thomas Boyd, who came over from England and settled in Pennsylvania, removed thence to Kentucky in about 1795, and thence to Ohio in 1800, and settled in Monroe, Butler County. He married Catheryn Snider, a native of Holland. Andrew Boyd owned a large tract of land in Butler County, was also a merchant, and served as the first postmaster of Monroe.

David C. Reed was about two years old at the time of his mother's death, in 1871, and he was taken into the home of his paternal grandmother, Carolyn Boyd Reed, at Monroe, and spent his boyhood days in Butler and Warren counties. In 1891 he came. to Cleveland and entered the advertising business, with offices irr the building which then occupied the present site of the Hotel Cleveland, on the Public Square. In 1892 he became a member of the firm of King & Reed, agents for Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, and he has continued his association with that underwriting corporation, making a record of large business production. In 1902 the firm of King & Reed was succeeded by that of Hawley & Reed, in which his partner is Robert A. Hawley, the firm being agents for Ohio Farmers Insurance Company for Cuyahoga County, and controlling also a prosperous general insurance and real estate business.

Mr. Reed has maintained his home in Rocky River Village for more than twenty years, and for many years he has been prominently identified with civic and business interests of the village and also of the City of Lakewood. He aided in organizing the Lakewood State Bank and served as its president for seven years, that institution eventually being merged into the Guardian Savings and Trust Company. He is first vice president of the Colonial Savings and Loan Company of Lakewood, which institution he helped to organize, and is identified with other important institutions which he helped to organize. He was actively concerned in the organization of the First Congregational Church of Lakewood and is a member of its board of trustees. He is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Rocky River Business Men's Organization and the Snow Lake Fishing and Hunting Club, he and his partner, Mr. Robert A. Hawley, having organized the latter some ten years ago. The membership of this club is limited to sixty persons. The club owns a fine tract of 240 acres of forest, field and lake land, twelve miles east of Chagrin Falls, in Geauga County, on which a fine club house has been erected, the property constituting one of the finest club properties in the country.

Mr. Reed married Miss Jane A. Miller, who was born at Port Huron, Michigan, the daughter of Stephen H. and Ann (Davidson) Miller, both deceased. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Reed are as follows: Helen Caroline, who was graduated from Lakewood High School and from Oberlin College, class of 1919, married Joseph M. Kiss, of Cleveland; David Clifford, Jr., who was graduated from West High School of Cleveland and from Dartmouth College (class of 1923), married Irene Spilker, of Lakewood; Robert C. is a member of the class of 1926 in Rocky River High School.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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