Biography of David M. Reed
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David M. Reed, who is identified with the Ashland Sanitary Dairy, is recognized as one of the dependable business men of this city, where he was born Dec. 27, 1889. He is the son of John Wesley and Mary Ann (Baum) Reed.

John Wesley Reed was born in Mifflin Township, Ashland County. He has lived on the old Baum homestead in Montgomery Township for many years and is numbered among the prosperous farmers of the county. He is a Democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Reed were born five children: 1. Hattie, married John Kauffman, lives at Polk. 2. Grace, married C. C. Hout, lives at Mansfield. 3. Rufus, who died in April, 1927. 4. David M., the subject of this sketch. 5. Edith, married Ross Ricket, lives at Wooster.

Philip Baum, maternal grandfather of David M. Reed, was one of the first settlers of Ashland County, being a native of Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Zehner. Jim Reed, paternal grandfather, was also a native of Pennsylvania and settled first in Indiana before locating in Ohio.

David M. Reed received his education in the district schools of Montgomery Township and was reared on the farm. After his marriage he removed to Ashland and until 1914 was interested in the oil business. At that time he purchased a local milk route and two years later became associated in business with Clifton P. Gongwer. The two partners purchased a half interest in the Ashland Sanitary Dairy in 1918, which was owned by W. D. Cummings and Stewart Whitcomb. This partnership continued until 1919, when Mr. Reed and Mr. Gongwer became sole owners of the business. An addition was built to the plant in 1921 and again in 1930, at which times modern refrigeration and machinery were installed. The company has a wholesale and retail trade, which extends within a radius of 100 miles of Ashland. Their estimated output annually in dairy products consists of 300,000 pounds of butter, 75,000 gallons of ice cream, with a daily sale of milk which amounts to 1,500 gallons. Approximately 30 people are employed by the firm which operates a fleet of nine automobile trucks. In 1925 the Ashland Sanitary Dairy purchased the Budd farm, which contains 65 acres, located within the city limits of Ashland. This farm is devoted exclusively to the company's herd of pure bred Guernsey cattle, which numbers 30 in 1930. Their well known "Grade A" milk is a product of this farm.

In 1913 Mr. Reed was united in marriage with Miss Ethel Budd of Ashland, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Helbert) Budd. Mr. Budd died in 1927 and his wife died in 1926. Both are buried in Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. Reed have a son, David M., Jr., born June 11, 1921.

Politically, Mr. Reed is a Democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also belongs to the Ashland Rotary Club and the Ashland Country Club.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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