Biography of Ember T. Reed
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





EMBRA T. REED. Among the younger representatives of the agricultural interests of Ottawa county is this gentleman, who was born on March 10, 1865, in Washington township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, a son of Solomon Wilson and Emeline (Hetrick) Reed. The former was born in Washington township about 1840, and his first business venture was the purchase and sale of horses which he secured for the Union army during the war of the Rebellion. In 1860 he married Miss Hetrick, who was born in the same locality in 1838, and they became the parents of eight children - five Sons and three daughters, seven of whom are now living; William Lester died in 1890 from an injury received several years before.

The boyhood days of our subject were spent under the parental roof at Elmore, Ohio, and he there obtained his education. In 1884, at the age of nineteen, he started on a trip through the South and West, first going to Texas, thence to California, where he remained a year, and then on to Montana, returning to his Ohio home by the way of North Dakota. He continued with his father through the winter, and in the succeeding spring went to New Mexico and to Colorado, where for two years he was engaged in silver mining. On the expiration of that period he made his way to Oregon and Washington, remaining in that section of the country for nine months when he again came to Ohio.

On October 11, 1888, Mr. Reed was joined in wedlock with Miss Julia James, of Elmore, who was born in Harris township, Ottawa county, January 21, 1867. She was educated in the district schools, and until her marriage remained at home with her parents. Her father, Orin James, was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, February 7, 1832, and came to Ottawa county during his boyhood. He married Miss Melvina Richards, who was born in Ottawa county in 1830, and died in 1873. Three children grace the union of our subject and his wife: Le Roy Trask, born July 28, 1889; Carl De Witt, born December 28, 1892; and Arzella, born September 23, 1894. For a year after his marriage Mr. Reed lived in Findlay, Ohio, engaged in the cooperage business. He then came to Harris township, Ottawa county, and took charge of one of his father's farms which he is still operating. He is also engaged in raising stock for the local trade, and is doing a good business. In his political views he is a Republican. He and his wife hold membership with the Disciple Church of Elmore, and are highly esteemed residents of his locality, having many friends. He has the culture which travel brings, and many interesting incidents which he can relate of his journey make him an entertaining companion.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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